More than 400 people have been hurt, with at least 15 fatalities, after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s southern coast.
When the earthquake struck at around noon local time, buildings were destroyed in various places (17:00 GMT).
Authorities reported that El Oro province in the south was the hardest affected, with 12 fatalities reported there.
The earthquake was felt in northern Peru, where a 14-year-old girl was killed when her home fell in the border district of Tumbes.
Machala and Cuenca in Ecuador were two of the cities where buildings and automobiles were damaged while rescue personnel hurried to assist victims.
The epicenter was close to Balao, which is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second-largest city with a population of about three million.