Deadly earthquake(s) (aftershock) in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

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Update 17:32 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 fatalities and 0 to 30 injured (a lot less than the first earthquake today)

Update 17:16 UTC : To our opinion the second and latest M6.8 aftershock will be less dangerous as people had to flee their homes after the first one. Nobody will have entered unsafe houses again as Ecuadorians know what to do in case of earthquakes.

Update 17:09 UTC :  A new very strong M6.8 aftershock shook the same area. USGS mentions a depth of 32 km (same as the first one). People will have to sleep in shelters to be safe. Max. strong shaking (slight damage and slight injuries are a possibility)

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24.0 km (14.9 mi) NW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
46.0 km (28.6 mi) ESE of Muisne, Ecuador
51.0 km (31.7 mi) S of Propicia, Ecuador
96.0 km (59.7 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
146.0 km (90.7 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Update 14:44 UTC : The earthquake caused minor damage and also minor injuries mainly due to panic reactions (runing out of houses ie)

Update 08:26 UTC : The most vulnerable city during this earthquake is Rosa Zerate, a city of 42,000 people and the already heavily damaged city of Muisne. The max. shaking is however a lot less than during the devastating earthquake a couple of months ago.

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Update 08:21 UTC : At the positive side we have to say that the epicenter (if confirmed) is below a mainly green area and thus only sparsely populated.

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Update 08:21 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 to 20 fatalities and 0 to 300 injured

Update 08:12 UTC : Why extremely dangerous? Because the earthquake happened in the middle of the night and because the epicenter was seemingly more inland

Update 08:09 UTC : Preliminary Magnitude M6.5 (damaging)
Update 08:10 UTC : Preliminary epicenter below land in the region of the devastating earlier earthquake

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34.0 km (21.1 mi) WNW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
36.0 km (22.4 mi) SE of Muisne, Ecuador
57.0 km (35.4 mi) S of Propicia, Ecuador
100.0 km (62.1 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
155.0 km (96.3 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-05-18 02:57:01

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-05-18 07:57:01

Depth (Hypocenter) : 22 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
PTWC May 18 16:52 6.8 0 MAP
WCATWC Near Coast Of Ecuador May 18 16:47 6.8 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Rosa Zarate, Ecuador May 18 16:46 6.8 68 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Rosa Zarate, Ecuador May 18 16:46 6.8 31 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Ecuador May 18 16:46 6.8 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Ecuador May 18 16:46 6.9 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
PTWC May 18 08:03 6.7 0 MAP
  • Quito - started shaking @ 3:00 the lamp was moving and cars started alarms
  • Quito - First earthquake I've been through, visiting from Canada with school, have nothing to compare too but freaked us out a bit
  • Quito - It feels like the last earthquake in Ecuador. The big one, but it was just 15 seconds long.
  • Otavalo - Woke us up.
  • Mindo - 3AM- Awoken from sleep. Bed and house gentle movement. No apparent damage.
  • Quito - Strong shaking!!
  • Quito - Mi cama se meció cual cuna de bebe. Creo que no habrá inconvenientes mayores en mi ciudad.
  • Guayaquil - Courtyard Marriott hotel weak shaking lasted Around 10 seconds at 2:58 am
  • USGS Rosa Zarate, Ecuador May 18 07:57 6.7 32 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Rosa Zarate, Ecuador May 18 07:57 6.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near Coast Of Ecuador May 18 07:57 6.7 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Ecuador May 18 07:57 6.6 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
    WCATWC Near Coast Of Ecuador May 18 07:57 6.7 9 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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