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Earthquake update.

Earthquake update

Two countries on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean sufferedlarge earthquakes this month.

On the evening of March 5, Ecuador was hit by a foreshock ofmagnitude 6.1, followed a couple of hours later by a 6.8 quake lasting more than 30 seconds, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Boulder, Colo. The quake's epicenter was 50 miles east of Quito.

The quakes occurred during the rainy season, shaking loosefierce mudslides that buried villages in the rugged, hilly area. According to a spokesperson for the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, D.C., at least 1,000 people are known dead and more bodies are expected to be discovered when rescue workers reach the more remote areas.

A March 18 Japanese quake, magnitude 6.4, did much lessdamage. According to the National Earthquake Information Center, it was centered in the water about 25 miles off the east coast of the island of Kyushu, and caused one death.
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Date:Mar 28, 1987
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