A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Ecuador Wednesday morning near where a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit just last month killing hundreds of people. This time the epicenter was 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the town of Muisne.
The quake triggered a national disaster alert which was later deactivated a few hours later after local authorities reported that the situation was calm. There was no report of significant damage and no reports of any deaths. There were a few injuries reported but those were mainly from those who tripped and fell in the dark as people scrambled out of bed.
This quake is considered an aftershock from the much bigger magnitude 7.8 earthquake that was one of Ecuador’s worst disasters for nearly seven decades where it killed more than 650 people and injured over 16,600.
President Rafael Correa said “These sort of aftershocks are normal but that doesn’t mean they’re not scary and can cause damage”. Aftershocks of this magnitude are normal for up to two months after a major quake and the area has actually felt at least 5 of them so far.
This goes to show that just because an earthquake struck, you’re not “safe” from another one for awhile. Many people have the misconception that since the energy is released, they won’t have to worry about earthquakes for awhile. The best thing to do is ALWAYS be prepared. It only takes a short time to get an earthquake kit but can pay off big time in the event of an emergency.