Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes western Ecuador (Local time: 02:57, Depth 40 km)

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck western Ecuador early Wednesday, according to the US Geographical Survey.

The powerful quake occurred at 02:57:04 local time (07:57:04 GMT), with the epicenter located about 34 kilometers from Rosa Zarate and 60 kilometers from Esmeraldas at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador also recorded the earthquake, saying that it measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.

The tremor was felt in Quito and Guayaquil as the buildings swayed.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but it caused blackouts in some coastal areas.

"The epicenter was Mompiche. There are no damages reported. There is no tsunami warning," President Rafael Correa tweeted.

The epicenter of the earthquake was not far away from that of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on April 16, which killed more than 650 people and injured around 16,600. 
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  •  M 6.7 - NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR - 2016-05-18 07:57:04 UTC [local time: 02:57, Depth    40 km]

Magnitude    Mw 6.7
Date time    2016-05-18 07:57:04.9 UTC
Location    0.45 N ; 79.84 W
Depth    40 km
Distances :
   165 km NW of Quito, Ecuador / pop: 1,399,814 / local time: 02:57:04.9 2016-05-18
27 km SE of Muisne, Ecuador / pop: 13,393 / local time: 02:57:04.9 2016-05-18

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  1. 1 Dead, 85 slightly injured after strong Ecuador earthquake...

    President Rafael Correa said here Wednesday that one person died and 85 others suffered slight injuries as a result of the magnitude-6.8 earthquake that rocked Ecuador's north coast at around midday.

    Correa said one elderly male died in Tosagua, a city in Manabi province, but that the precise cause was unknown.

    The president noted that one version said the man fell while running and struck his head but that another indicated a beam fell on top of him.

    Correa said a safety protocol had been activated at schools following the temblor at midday and another quake - also magnitude-6.8 - that struck that same coastal region in the wee hours of Wednesday.

    Under that protocol, parents were called to take their children home and teachers were required to stay until the last student had been picked up from the premises.

    Classes at grade schools and universities in Manabi and neighboring Esmeraldas, the provinces hardest-hit by the earthquakes, have been suspended until Monday to allow time to evaluate those different educational facilities, he said.

    Seismologists said Wednesday's temblors were aftershocks of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador's north coast on April 16, leaving 661 people dead, 12 missing and 28,678 homeless.

    Correa warned that Ecuadorians needed to be prepared for more aftershocks of greater than magnitude-6.0.


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