QUITO Dec 19 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook
Ecuador's Pacific coast early on Monday, killing one person,
injuring a dozen others and damaging hotels in the area,
The country's geological institute recorded the quake off
the coast of Atacames in Esmeraldas province, northwest of
Quito, the capital. The quake was followed by 15
"We regret that a 75-year-old woman suffered a heart attack
because of the quake," national risk management secretary Susana
Duenas told local radio. The health ministry said a dozen people
In a preliminary report, authorities said three hotels in
the area, a popular tourist destination, were destroyed and
other buildings sustained substantial damage.
President Rafael Correa was meeting with local officials in
the area, which was devastated in a 7.8 magnitude quake earlier
this year that killed about 670 people, displaced thousands and
caused millions of dollars in damage.
Oil infrastructure in the area was unaffected by Monday's
quake, the state oil company Petroecuador said.
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb;
Editing by Dan Grebler)