Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Magnitude 6.8 Quake Hits Ecuador, 2nd Big Shake of Day

The extent of damage from the second quake was not immediately clear, though the first caused relatively little damage

Ecuadorian Red Cross volunteers move donations for victims of the April 16 earthquake in Manta, photo: Reuters/Guillermo Granja
2 years ago

QUITO, Ecuador — Two powerful earthquakes jolted Ecuador on Wednesday, a magnitude 6.7 early morning temblor followed by a 6.8 shake near midday.

The extent of damage from the second quake was not immediately clear, though the first caused relatively little damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the second quake was centered along the coast below land about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of the city of Rosa Zarate.

The earlier quake was centered about 21 miles (35 kilometers) from the town of Muisne. It struck shortly before 3 a.m. local time and had a shallow depth of 32 kilometers below the earth’s surface.

Map locates magnitude-6.7 and magnitude-7.8 quakes in Ecuador

Map locates magnitude-6.7 and magnitude-7.8 quakes in Ecuador

President Rafael Correa said there was no tsunami alert and called on residents in Quito, where some residents poured into the streets, to return to their homes. The quake was strong enough to trigger a national disaster alert, but Correa deactivated the emergency response a few hours later when local authorities reported the situation was calm.

“These sort of aftershocks are normal but that doesn’t mean they’re not scary and can cause damage,” Correa said in a televised address, adding that aftershocks of this magnitude were normal for up to two months after a major quake like the one Ecuador experienced.

The president said that while some previously ravaged homes suffered more damage, most had already been evacuated and no buildings had collapsed. There were no reports of fatalities, he said.

Security coordination minister Cesar Navas said one person was injured when a wall fell and five others were hurt in panicky efforts to flee buildings.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 16 was Ecuador’s worst natural disaster in decades, killing 661 and leaving more than 28,000 people homeless. It has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, at least five of them of magnitude 6.0 or higher.

Ecuador was already struggling economically before the April disaster. Correa has hiked taxes to fund the recovery but says it will take years to rebuild the beach towns and tourist hubs leveled by the quake.

Jorge Zambrano, mayor of Manta, one of the areas hit hardest by last month’s big quake, said streets were calm.

“It was a big shake and all of us were scared but there are no major problems at the moment,” said Zambrano.

GONZALO SOLANO

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Latest News

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state A ...

5 days ago
Business

Asian stocks mixed ahead of Fed rate ann ...

5 days ago
Entertainment

NFL Network suspends analysts over sexua ...

5 days ago
Business

Minnesota announces restrictions on usin ...

5 days ago
Most Popular

IMF Seeks Contingency Plans for Vulnerab ...

By The News
Business

In the Market for a Diamond? Lucky You.

By The News
Business

Taste for Bacon Spurs Investor Feast as ...

By The News
Business

Moody's Lowers Mexico's Credit Foresight ...

By The News
Business

Venezuela Says Better Oil Loans Deal Was ...

By Reuters
Business