Ecuador Double Earthquake Rattles Citizens

Double Earthquake Rattles Ecuador

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.

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.

 


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!

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6 Comments

  1. Jackie

    I live in California right along a fault line, so I’m happy to have found your website. Creating an emergency kit is something I know we should put attention on, but haven’t yet. Thanks for the reminder. Great post.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah that’s usually the case. People know they should prepare but they don’t actually do it. Most are only reactionary and only freak out and start preparing AFTER an earthquake strikes which may sometimes be too late.
      Earthquakes can strike at anytime so it’s important to be prepared. Better to be safe than sorry.

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  2. Jeremy

    Seeing those videos really gives you perspective on how all of those people feel. I can only imagine.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah it’s really unfortunate. The same area has been hit with several earthquakes ever since the big one 3 months ago so the people there must be paranoid everything one hits.

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  3. Matt

    People say magnitude 7.0 and magnitude 8.4 or whatever, but how high does it need to be exactly to be life threatening? How high of a magnitude do you need to be able to feel and earthquake?

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Usually an earthquake has to be a magnitude 2.5 or higher to be felt but there are hundreds of earthquakes lower than that that are detected by seismographs everyday. To speak about how high it needs to be to be life threatening is relative. If your building structures are more safe then the magnitudes will have to be higher in relation to a building that is not as solid. It also depends on how close you are to the epicenter (center of the earthquake) as the closer you are the more intense. Typically with magnitudes 5.0 you’ll experience shaking and things falling off but rarely life threatening. With magnitudes of 6.0 and above, the intensity is over 10 times more than the 5.0 so you may see some fatalities depending on the conditions I mentioned before. Overall, it’s hard to say but the best thing to do is always be prepared and know what to do during an earthquake to keep yourself safe.

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