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6.7-magnitude earthquake reported in Ecuador

  • Map locates magnitude-6.7 and magnitude-7.8 quakes in Ecuador; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;

    Map locates magnitude-6.7 and magnitude-7.8 quakes in Ecuador; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;  (The Associated Press)

  • Foreign Ministry staff hug after evacuating their offices following one of two tremors felt in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Both tremors were centered along the Pacific coast near the epicenter of last month's magnitude-7.8 quake and rattled homes as far away as the capital. Neither appeared to have caused serious damage. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Foreign Ministry staff hug after evacuating their offices following one of two tremors felt in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Both tremors were centered along the Pacific coast near the epicenter of last month's magnitude-7.8 quake and rattled homes as far away as the capital. Neither appeared to have caused serious damage. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)  (The Associated Press)

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that a 6.7-magnitude earthquake has hit Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating quake hit on April 16.

The survey said Wednesday that the quake's epicenter was 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the town of Rosa Zarate.

The much larger magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed 660 and initially left tens of thousands homeless.

Ecuador was already struggling economically before the April disaster. President Rafael Correa has hiked taxes to fund the recovery but says it will take years to rebuild the beach towns and tourist hubs leveled by the quake.