Very strong deep earthquake close to Sangay volcano, Ecuador - September 7, 2018

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Update 13:14 UTC: At leasdt 2 people injured and some damage noted after this earthquake

Update :The quake will have been felt potentially by 20 million+ people. Why so many? Because this is a characteristic phenomenon for deep quakes. The shaking intensity is less than shallower quakes but it is being felt in a much wider area.

Update : Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

Update : Maximum theoretical shaking is MMI V (moderate shaking)

Update : The depth is logical as the Nazca plate subducts the South America plate and the more East you go, the friction between the plates gets deeper and deeper.
At very strong Magnitudes the shaking can generate light of even serious damage.

Update : The epicenter of the earthquake is on the conversion of the Andes towards the Amazon plain.

Update : Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-09-06 21:12:06

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-09-07 02:12:06

Depth (Hypocenter) : 96 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Ecuador Sep 07 02:12 6.2 96 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cuenca - 20 seconds or so
  • Portoviejo - Strong shaking
  • Vilcabamba - Moderate shaking
  • LOJA - Very weak shaking
  • Banos - 10 seconden
  • Montecristi - Moderate shaking
  • Cuenca - approximately 30 sec.
  • Cuenca - Approx 20 seconds. No property damage
  • Cuenca - About 30 seconds -- not really sure
  • Latacunga - Felt as though my 2nd story apartment was swaying. I could see the curtains sway.
  • cuenca - Moderate shaking
  • tarqui - Light shaking
  • Cuenca - The severity of the shaking was stronger than few days ago and it last less 20 secondes
  • Cotacachi - No damage. Light fixtures swaying slightly. Only noticed for several seconds
  • Puerto Cayo - About ten seconds (?), bed was shaking, hanging objects swaying.
  • Machala - While taking dinner chair ant dinner table movement
  • Vilcabamba - Just 30 seconds but strongest felt here
  • Machachi - 20 sec
  • Alausi - Ongeveer 15-20 seconden geen schade
  • manabi - comenzó con un movimiento suave y luego fue un solo jalón
  • Challuabamba - Home started shaking, tv shimmying, curtains swinging, dogs went nuts. Lasted a long time.
  • Quito - Fue suave pero la familia cerca del epicentro en Alausí sintió fuerte y hubo apagones también cerca de las costas ecuatorianas
  • Quayaqil - In hotel Unipark op de 7de verdieping.
  • Bemerken, Banholt en Mheer - Ik was een jongen, de wereld scheurde. De aarde leek niet op onze planeet meer. Beangstigend, nieuwsgierigheid, duurde minuten lang, nabevingen. Plus er waren door het land meldingen.
  • Quito - Léger tremblement pendant quelques secondes ...
  • Cuenca - Staying on the 8th floor and about 9pm building started shaking. Cracks visible in walls outside my room. Crack visible in the lobby.
  • Guayaquil - +/- 1.5 min begon matig naar krachtig beven, het hoogte punt doordeweeks ongeveer 20 sec daarna zwakte de beving af.
  • Guayaquil - 6 september 2018 Geen schade, maar wel echte bevingen gevoeld. Iedereen ging naar buiten en mensen op straat schreeuwden.
  • Cuenca - 2 minutes including the soft rocking after. 09/07/2018
  • Guayaquil - J'étais assis dans la gare routière attendant le départ de mon bus pour Quito. J'ai senti comme un flottement durant 10 ou 12 secondes. L'alarme s'est mise a fonctionner et on a été évacués. Quarante minutes après, tout est redevenu normal et j'ai pu prendre mon bus. Mes amis de Chiclayo au Pérou l'ont ressenti également.
  • Vilcabamba, Ec - 5-10 seconds shaking No damage
  • Cuenca - We were watching TV and felt the building shaking. Nothing was displaced nor fell.
  • Quito - Weak shaking
  • Guayaquil - Sitting at the airport gate, I felt a tremor that last about 2 - 3 seconds.
  • Olon - 15 seconds. No damage
  • кито - Light shaking
  • banos - The shaking woke me up
  • USGS Alausi, Ecuador Sep 07 02:12 6.2 93 MAP

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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) ?
    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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