Massive Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

Massive 7.8 Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Muisne, Ecuador which is 105 miles from the country’s capital, Quito. More than 350 people have been confirmed dead and the number of injured is above 2,500. In fact, there was a smaller foreshock about 11 minutes prior that measured a magnitude of 4.8.

Update 1: Death toll climbs to over 400

Update 2: Death toll now over 500


Many highways are in bad shape and the lack of food and communication is a big problem. A state of emergency is in effect.


Buildings Crumble
Collapsed Buiilding
The USGS reported that it struck around 8pm local time as it caused several buildings to sway and forced residents to flee their homes while the earth shook for about 40 seconds. Electricity was knocked out in many areas as aftershocks, some as strong as magnitude 5.6, continue throughout the night.

A tsunami warning was issued for nearby coastlines as The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves could reach anywhere between one to three feet above tide level but was later called off.

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Make sure you are prepared and know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

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  1. Dennis

    This as well as the recent Earthquake in Japan is a solid reminder that we all need to be well-knowledged in the event that you wake up in the middle of a massive Earthquake. I can’t imagine what it is like for the survivors. Good on you to spread the awareness!

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Dennis! Yeah it’s a long road to recovery but hopefully preparedness and having an earthquake kit protected them during this tragic event.

  2. JP

    Really awesome article. There’re so many ways for natural disasters to strike and sometimes these things can strike when we are not expecting anything. I know that I’ve felt earthquakes and they literally came without warning. So it’ best to be prepared for things like this when they happen. Keep up the good work with the site.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks JP. You’re absolutely right, being prepared for an earthquake is the best thing you can do just in case.

  3. Jeff Read

    Hi Andy, I was in japan 2 years ago on a holiday. I do a lot of travelling, especially through South East Asia and this info will come in very handy.
    I’m off to Indonesia in October and now at least, I can be prepared.
    Kindest regards,
    Aussie Jeff.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      That’s great Jeff! I wish I could do as much traveling as you but being prepared no matter where you go is always a smart idea.
      Enjoy your trip!

  4. Darren

    Earthquakes look like an extremely scary event to be caught in. I’m currently spending time in the Philippines, which is a part of the Pacific ring of fire, and we have a lot of tremors here. So far nothing major, but even just a small tremor that last just a few seconds can be pretty scary.

    I hope I never have to go through something like what these people of Ecuador went through and these people are in my prayers.

    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah, earthquakes are scary because you never know when they will strike. Even small tremors at first can build up to become large ones but you just never know. The best way to deal with it is to be prepared and know what to do in the event a major earthquake strikes.

      Thanks for the comment Darren!

  5. Adrian

    Hi Andy, This must have been awful for the people of Ecuador as earthquakes are so destructive and can result in many lives being lost as was the case with this one.

    It does seem like they are happening more frequently, and they happen so unexpectedly, I’m fortunate that I’ve never been through one, but I’d be foolish to think that it will never happen to me.

    There have been some small earthquakes off the east coast of Australia but I’ve never felt the tremors from them, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, just in case.

    Thanks for sharing your post and helping to make people aware of how protect themselves when an earthquake strikes.


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