Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New earthquake off coast of Ecuador (Depth 15 km, local time: 03:33)

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador this morning, just days after a major quake hit the country, killing nearly 500 people.      
This morning’s quake was centred 70km west-southwest of Esmeraldas at a shallow depth of 10km, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, not far from the epicentre of Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake.            

Reuters witnesses in the zone said two strong tremors of about 30 seconds each were felt, waking people up and sending them racing them into the streets.            

It was not felt in the highland capital of Quito.            

There was no immediate word from authorities on the impact of this morning’s quake.

More than 100 people are still missing from the weekend disaster, with rescuers losing hope of finding more survivors.

It was Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades...
  • Magnitude    Mw 6.1
Date time    2016-04-20 08:33:46.5 UTC
Location    0.67 N ; 80.17 W
Depth    15 km
Distances    208 km NW of Quito, Ecuador / pop: 1,399,814 / local time: 03:33:46.5 2016-04-20
17 km NW of Muisne, Ecuador / pop: 13,393 / local time: 03:33:46.5 2016-04-20

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