By NBC News
May 18, 2016

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck western Ecuador early Wednesday, the U.S. Geographical Survey said.

The quake’s epicenter was 36 miles south of Esmeraldas at a depth of about seven miles.

A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.

It struck the same side of the country as 7.8 magnitude earthquake last month, Ecuador’s worst in nearly seven decades, which killed more than 650 people, including one American, and injured around 16,600…

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