The Department of Risk Management said the casualties were in the Catequilla area 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of the capital near the country’s monument marking the Equator. It did not say how the deaths and injuries occurred.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 14 miles (23 kilometers) northeast of Quito at a depth of 4 miles (7 kilometers).
There were no reports of widespread damage, but officials said some roads were blocked by small landslides. Authorities halted operations at the capital Tababela airport as a precaution because of a thick layer of dust thrown up into the sky around Quito.
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