Wednesday, May 18, 2016

After April Earthquake, 6.8 Magnitude Aftershock Hits Ecuador

President Correa added that aftershocks can occur up to two months after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16.
Ecuador was hit by an aftershock of 6.8 magnitude Wednesday at 2:57 a.m., striking the northern coast, near Rosa Zarate and Muisne. It was a result of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16 that cost almost 700 deaths and 12,000 injuries, with over 24,000 buildings and homes were damaged.
At a press conference early Wednesday, President Rafael Correa at the site of ECU911 in Quito, said that aftershocks were normal and called for calm. He added that there were no reports of victims or damages or of a tsunami warning. "Our nation can go to sleep assured that everything is fine," he said.

President Correa at the ECU911 coordinating earthquake response.
The tremors were felt in Quito, Guayaquil and as far away as Cali and Bogota, Colombia, according to the United States Geological Survey. Sirens continued to be heard in Quito.
Almost 10 million people were in the area, according to the Lastquake earthquake app.
There are reports from Pedernales and Mompiche of power outages, according to the Ecuadorean Military.
Photos from the center of Esmeraldas after the early morning earthquake.
The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador has reported an aftershock of 3.4 magnitude in Napo province, approximately 60 miles southeast of Quito.
Around 5 a.m., El Comercio reported fallen branches from a tree in central Quito, a transformer explosion in Capucho, power outages in Mitad del Mundo and broken glass reported in Valle de los Chillos.
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