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Magnitude 6.0 quake hits off Ecuador coast, damage limited

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A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck just off the coast of central Ecuador on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, though the government said damage was limited.

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The government's ECU 911 safety service said there were no major incidents and a tsunami had been ruled out.

The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 55 miles (88.5 km)northwest of Portoviejo at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) below the Pacific seabed. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.1, struck at 5:29 p.m. (2229 GMT).

Last year, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador's Pacific coast in April, killing more than 650 people.

State oil company Petroecuador's operations remained normal after Friday's quake, a spokesman said.

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