Magnitude-5.1 quake rattles Ecuador’s capital

FILE - A man looks over fissures following an earthquake in the Seward Highway at the head of Turnagain Arm near Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)
FILE - A man looks over fissures following an earthquake in the Seward Highway at the head of Turnagain Arm near Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An earthquake measured at a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 rattled Ecuador’s capital and surrounding areas Tuesday, causing tall buildings to sway and sending people scurrying into the streets.

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 early reports of injuries or severe damage, but officials said some roads had been 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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