Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Shakes Ecuador

Ecuador Earthquake

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.

Ecuador Earthquake

Courtesy of Associated Press

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.

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8 Comments

  1. Jeff

    Earthquakes are interesting. An aftershock occurring a month after the main shaker on a geological timeline is pretty much “immediately.” But what I think about is maybe the main on 30 days ago, and this “aftershock” might not yet be the main attraction. Maybe the Big One is yet to come.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah, that’s the scary thing. You never know whether it’s truly an aftershock or a foreshock. Let’s hope it is an aftershock for the sake of the people in Ecuador.

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  2. Roger

    Andy,

    That must be very upsetting to people living in that area!

    I knew aftershocks were common, but never realized they could occur up to 2 months after an earthquake. I’m actually happy I DIDN’T know that when I lived in San Francisco — I would have been nervous for a lot longer!

    Earthquakes are always a bit unsettling, especially since you really have no control over what to do during them. There were news reports advising people to “snap their fingers” to stop a quake. They admitted it had no real effect, but the part of your brain that generates the greatest amount of fear doesn’t know that!

    Luckily your advice is the best: always be prepared!

    Thanks!

    Roger

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Roger! Yeah sometimes “ignorance is bliss” but in the case of preparedness it definitely isn’t. You should always be prepared and know the dangers of earthquakes. Being unprepared can be costly and sometimes deadly.

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  3. Brian

    OMG i hope everyone is ok. this is shocking

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah two times in the same area in a month. I feel for those affected as they’re probably scared and wondering whether there’ll be another one. Living in fear is not fun.

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  4. Abdul Athar

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks a lot Abdul. I try to inform the public about the dangers of earthquake and the importance of preparedness to keep more people safe. Feel free to spread the word.

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