Quito, Jul 11: A strong earthquake has shaken the northwestern coastal area of Ecuador.
Authorities say there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The US Geological Service says the quake was measured at magnitude 5.9 and it was centered about 41 kilometres (25.5 miles) south of Propicia.
The tremor struck about 35 kilometers (22 miles) below the surface.
Some slight shaking was felt in Ecuador's capital of Quito, which 153 kilometres (94 miles) to the southeast.