Ecuador rattled by double earthquakes on July 10, 2016 only 3 months after the devastating 7.8 magnitude quake that killed 661 people and injured 27,000 others and was considered Ecuador’s worst natural disaster in decades.
Buildings collapsed and left several thousand homeless. Currently some of them are living in tent camps while the recover process is on-going. Residents temporarily living in tents are seen rushing out in panic and hoping that it wasn’t a repeat event.
Yesterday’s double earthquake struck near the same area and measured magnitude 5.9 and 6.4 as it struck the coast of Ecuador only ten minutes apart. They appear to be aftershocks of the April quake as Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute says there have been more than 2,100 aftershocks including several around magnitude 6 since the big quake.
— Juan Camilo Escobar (@EscobarEC) July 11, 2016
Both quakes were centered about 25.5 miles south of the coastal city of Esmeraldas. No immediate details of damage or casualties were available. Residents did however report power outages in some areas.
— Paola Carrillo (@Pao_cvi) July 11, 2016
Ecuador is located on the “Ring of Fire” where 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur and recently has been very volatile as it sits on the Nazca seismic plate where several big earthquakes occurred already this year.
Please be prepared and know what to do during an earthquake as it will definitely help you avoid injury. Most people are not prepared and have the mentality of “It won’t happen to me” or “I’ll do it later”. They are reactionary and don’t actually do anything until AFTER an earthquake happens and they realize that it’s really serious and they should be prepared. For some, that may be too late so please be prepared!