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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ecuadoran Earthquake

QUITO, Ecuador () -- A strong earthquake jolted central Ecuador on Thursday, killing at least 19 people and leaving dozens injured, a Civil Defense spokeswoman said.

"So far we are aware of the death of 19 people, and there are four who were buried by the toppling of a mine," a Civil Defense spokeswoman said. "We presume they are alive because they answer with knocks the calls of rescue workers."

The quake struck central Ecuador with a force of 5.7 on the Richter scale. The tremor has been followed by at least 50 aftershocks of lesser intensity, the Geophysics Institute reported.