Magnitude 6 earthquake off the coast of Ecuador leaves at least one dead


A earthquake of magnitude 6 recorded in the Pacific of Ecuadoron the edge of the border with Colombialeft at least one dead, one injured and a hundred buildings affected, including two medical centers, authorities reported on Sunday.

The Risk Management Service reported by Twitter that because of the tremor, produced around midnight on Saturday, there is “1 person injured. 1 person deceased (by cardiac arrest)”.

He added that 356 people were affected, two houses were destroyed and another 92 buildings were damaged.

Risk Management had previously indicated that 30 homes and other buildings suffered damage, including two medical centers and the facilities of the Integrated Security Service ECU911.

The epicenter of the tremor, which was recorded around 11:28 p.m. local time on Saturday (04:28 GMT on Sunday), was located in the Pacific, 12 km from the coast of the port of Esmeraldas, to the northwest and capital of the province of same name (bordering Colombia), reported the Geophysical Institute (IG) of Quito.

The natural phenomenon led to 15 aftershocks with a magnitude of up to 5.1, which lasted until early Sunday morning, he added.

It also caused the temporary interruption of electrical service in Esmeraldas and in the nearby Atacames resort, according to Risk Management.

The earthquake was felt in another 11 of the country’s 24 provinces.

President William Lasso reported on Twitter that the governor of Esmeraldas, Tania Obandoactivated the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) provincial “to assess damage and future risks.”

The IG indicated for its part that the magnitude 6 earthquake is associated with the contact zone of the Nazca and South American plates, a process that generates the largest tremors in Ecuador, such as that of April 2016.

Six years ago, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the provinces of Manabí and neighboring Esmeraldas, leaving 673 dead and some 6,300 wounded and injured. Losses from this earthquake amounted to more than 3,000 million dollars.



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