Deadly Earthquake Strikes Ecuador
Posted by feww on April 17, 2016
State of Emergency Declared after M7.8 quake strikes near Muisne, Ecuador
Centered at 0.371°N, 79.940°W, the powerful quake struck at a depth of 19.2km about 27km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador, offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador, just north of the equator, reported USGS/EHP.
At least 4 dozen people have reportedly been killed according to initial reports.
A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces and the National Guard has been mobilized, according to local reports.
Location: 0.371°N 79.940°W depth=19.2 km (11.9 mi)
Time: 2016-04-16 23:58:37 (UTC)
- 27.0 km (16.8 mi) SSE of Muisne, Ecuador
- 52.0 km (32.3 mi) W of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
- 68.0 km (42.3 mi) SSW of Propicia, Ecuador
- 111.0 km (69.0 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
- 170.0 km (105.6 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador
Five significant aftershocks reported, as of posting including one measuring 5.4Mw.
USGS Pager: Orange
- Fatalities: 10 – 1,000 [P: 34%]
- Damage: USD10 – 100Million [P: 32%]
INITIAL TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST
- HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN 300 KM OF THE EPICENTER ALONG THE COASTS OF ECUADOR AND COLOMBIA – [US Tsunami Center]
TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST [UPDATED]
- THE TSUNAMI THREAT HAS NOW LARGELY PASSED.
- MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS OF UP TO 0.3 METERS ABOVE AND BELOW THE NORMAL TIDE MAY CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS.