A Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes off the shore of Ecuador 27km South Southeast of Muisne, 19.2 km deep.

According to the USGS (Earthquake Hazards Program) from the U.S. Geological Survey, seven earthquakes above Magnitude 4.5 have hit Ecuador in the last 7 hours. The USGS monitors and reports earthquakes and research the causes and effects of earthquakes.

The strongest Ecuador earthquake was magnitude 7.8 at 23:58:37 UTC. The last big earthquake in Ecuador was on 12 August 2010 with a 7.1 magnitude.


Above 4.5 earthquakes in Ecuador in the last 8 hours

Magnitude Location Date Depth
4.8 44km NNW of Bahia de Caraquez 2016-04-17 04:02:08 UTC 10.0 km
4.5 33km NW of Pedernales 2016-04-17 03:05:33 UTC 10.0 km
4.8 34km NNE of Bahia de Caraquez 2016-04-17 02:18:01 UTC 10.0 km
4.5 43km SW of Muisne 2016-04-17 00:59:07 UTC 27.3 km
5.4 34km N of Bahia de Caraquez 2016-04-17 00:29:32 UTC 14.2 km
7.8 27km SSE of Muisne 2016-04-16 23:58:37 UTC 19.2 km
4.8 21km N of Pedernales 2016-04-16 23:47:44 UTC 33.0 km

Ecuador president, Rafael Correa, has already declared a national emergency.

“I just signed a decree of emergency and national mobilization. Today, more united than ever. In our infinite love to the families of the deceased.”
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, on Twitter

Tsunami threat dismissed

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the previously tsunami threat is now out of the question.


“BASED ON ALL DATA AVAILABLE TO THIS CENTER… THE TSUNAMI THREAT FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS NOW MOSTLY PASSED. ANY REMAINING THREAT SHOULD BE EVALUATED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN IMPACTED AREAS.”
Source Pacific Tsunami Warning Center


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