Strong earthquake near Guayaquil, Ecuador - February 4, 2019

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Update 17:07 UTC:  Shaking impact on nearby cities and villages and on the population in MMI (Modified Mercalli scaled). 

Update 17:07 UTC:  USGS shaking map

Update 17:05 UTC:  The earthquake was well felt as far as Quenca

Update 16:56 UTC:  The preliminary hypocenter depth has been set at 71 km which reduces the possibility of damage seriously.

Update 16:56 UTC:  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 : 5.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-02-04 17:45:43

Depth (Hypocenter) : 54 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Ecuador Feb 04 17:45 5.4 68 MAP
USGS Duran, Ecuador Feb 04 17:45 5.8 70 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Ecuador Feb 04 17:45 5.8 54 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Alborada - It lasted proximal of 3 min
  • Loja, Loja - Sitting on my bed, I thought my husband sat down or jumped on it. Quickly realized he was in the other room. Lasted about 5 seconds. My husband who was standing did not feel it.
  • Vilcabamba - I felt the shake at 12:46 p.m. for about 2-3 seconds ..... very distinct ..... so I consider it moderate ..... Thanks !!!
  • manta - It was a tiny shaking. I was laying on the bed when it started slow movement forth & back. The entire thing lasted about 10-15 seconds. No visible damage to anything.
  • salinas - 15 seconds?
  • Cuenca - No property damage. Lasted approx. 10-20 seconds and strong enough to rattle dishes in china hutch, make pictures move and rocking chair rock hard. Two minutes after initial quake, felt small tremor but not strong enough to make anything move.
  • Loja - Lasted 3 or 4 seconds. No damage to building. 12:50pm
  • Puerto Cayo - Moderate shaking
  • Cuenca - Weak shaking
  • Quito - Very weak shaking
  • San Jacinto - No damage - just a moderate shaking that lasted 30 - 45 seconds.
  • Cuenca - felt like the ground dropped and then shaking for 15-20 seconds.
  • Cuenca - I was laying on a couch looking at emails when earthquake struck. I could feel the trembling...realized an earthquake was in progress. The shaking lasted a surprisingly long amount of time, up to a minute maybe. I felt some concern about building I live in, which is just 2 stories high. No glass was broken, nor did anything fall.
  • Yunguilla Valley - Just a few seconds and it felt moderate and it also felt like a quake. Living in Northern CA for years, one knows the feeling of earthquake even if weak, light or moderate.
  • Loja - laying in bed,3 to 4 seconds felt like the cloth automatic washing machine was off balance in rincing spinning cycle...(in my wooden built house)told my wife ...if it get any more 'shaky'get under the case from Loja
  • Guayaquil - Was in maxi mart in Guayquil. Moderate shaking and some food fell off the shelves
  • Cuenca - Windows in the restaurant shaking, I thought a big truck was rumbling by but didn't see one, they rumbled again. Yes, earthquake we thought.
  • Macara - My husband and I were working on our computers in a screened-in porch when we heard a rumbling noise and then felt the one-story wood-framed building shaking. It lasted about 10-20 seconds. Nothing fell.
  • Puerto lopez - For approx 5 seconds, the bed I was on and the adjacent bunkbed shook as if someone was jumping on both. No damage though
  • Puerto Lopez - 3 or 4 seconds. Shelf items rattled.
  • Puerto Lopez - Second floor condo. 3 or 4 seconds. Shelf items rattled. Nothing broken.
  • Guayas - Light shaking
  • Guayaquil - We were having lunch. I could feel the shaking seeing the table and items on it moving. But nothing fell to the floor. A number of people got up moving rapidly to the exit. It lasted for 15 to 20 seconds. But I watched the empty tables with bottle to continue lightly shaking for +30 seconds. We didn't get up and leave.
  • Bahia de Caraquez - No damage. Just felt light tremor, but only 2 out of 4 of us did.
  • Sigsig - Paar seconden. Heen en weer in ben geschud. Wakker geworden.

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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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