(CNN) At least 12 people died After fate A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck southern Ecuador on Saturday afternoon, according to government officials.
The earthquake occurred near the southern town of Palau and had a depth of more than 65 km (nearly 41 miles), According to the United States Geological Survey.
The Communications Department of Ecuador’s president said 11 people died in El Oro province and one person died in Azuay province. In an earlier statement, authorities said the person in Azuay was killed when a wall collapsed into a car and that at least three of the victims in El Oro died when a surveillance camera tower fell.
The presidency added that the injured were being treated in hospitals, but gave no other details.
The USGS gave the shake orange alert, “Large loss of life is likely and the disaster is widespread,” he said.
The USGS added that “past events with this alert level have required a regional or national response.” It also estimated possible damages and economic losses.
CNN Producer’s Relatives RIt is a western port city Guayaquil They said they felt “very strong” tremors.
CNN affiliate Aquavisa It reported structural damage to buildings in Cuenca, one of the country’s largest cities. The historic city is included in the United Nations list of World Heritage Sites.
There is no tsunami warning in effect in the area, according to what it reported US National Weather Service.
The state statement stated that the airports of Guayaquil and Cuenca remain open and operational.
CNN’s Christina Maksuris and Marlon Surto contributed to this report.
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