Ecuador says quake on May 18 no big thing, but cautions further “damage”

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake occurring at 02:57 a.m. on May 18 is just a replica of that on April 16, only causing minor damage and slight injuries, said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa in Quito.

The jolt one month ago measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale has claimed over 660 lives so far, with its impact still lingering all over the country.

(Soundbite) Rafael Correa, Ecuadorean President
“Well, a hug to all. We have had an earthquake measuring 6.8 on Richter scale… Aftershocks are always expected after the main event, namely the earthquake on April 16.”

Though seeing no casualty, the president still cautions that more temblors may follow

(Soundbite) Rafael Correa, Ecuadorean President
“Here is the engineer Mario Ruiz from the Geophysical Institute. They have studied the history of earthquakes (in preparation against further damages).”

Ecuador sits on the rim of the Pacific, prone to quakes and gradually armed with supervising network to presage natural disasters.

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