The 1949 ambato earthquake was the largest earthquake in western hemisphere in more than five years . on August 5 1949 . it struck Ecuador tungarahua province southeast of its capital ambato and killed 5,050 people measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale . it originated from a hypo-center 40KM beneath the surface .
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Ambato was completely destroyed by a large earthquake on the afternoon of 5 August, 1949 . tragically , the entire cities and villages were destroyed .