Biggest aftershock since April 16 sends thousands into the streets in Esmeraldas

Jul 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Two strong earthquakes rocked Ecuador’s north coast Sunday night, sending residents of many Esmeraldas Province communities into the streets. One of the quakes registered a magnitude of 6.4 according to Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute, the strongest since the powerful 7.8 earthquake that devastated the region on April 16. A 5.9 magnitude quake preceded it by ten minutes.

Residents gather in the street following latest quake.

Residents gather in street following latest quake. (Comercio)

The Geophysical Institute said the earthquakes were centered on the island of Muisne, 40 kilometers south of the city of Esmeraldas.

The latest aftershocks follow several others that hit the same area last week.

According to police and firemen, the quakes damaged a number of buildings and caused the collapse of at least two damaged on April 16. They reported at least three highway closures due to landslides triggered by the shaking.

Early reports say that three people were injured.

The earthquakes were felt in much of the country, including in Quito, 150 kilometers to the east of the epicenter.

Local school officials cancelled Monday classes as a precautionary measure, although they say they have no reports of damage to school facilities. They said that power was out in much of the area, affecting a number of schools.

The Geophysical Institute says the recent aftershocks are due to a readjustment of the continental tectonic plates following the April 16 earthquake.

CuencaHighLife

Expat Community News

Dani News

Google ad

Google ad

Gypsy News

Hogar Esperanza News

Veronica Arpi News

FAAN News

Fund Grace News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of February 25

Cuenca Finally Gets to Experience Van Gogh Like Never Before.

Read more

Ecuador lost just over a million hectares of forest formations in 38 years.

Read more

Drone Plants 1,500 Trees in 15 Minutes to Combat Deforestation.

Read more

Subscribe to our newsletter

Cuenca High Life offers on-line publications, local translated news, and reports about the expat life and living in Ecuador. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!