Ecuador: More aftershocks reported on April 14, 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016 • Filed under: Earthquake, Ecuador reported more than 10 recent earthquakes in the coastal area of ​​Ecuador which was hit by a major earthquake in April
The quakes were located offshore, off Muisne populations and Punta Galeras, in the southern coastal province of Esmeraldas

Quito, Sep 14 (EFE) .- More than ten earthquakes have been recorded today in a sector of the northern coast of Ecuador, as aftershocks of magnitude 7.8 that struck the area last April 16, the Geophysics Institute reported (IG) of the National Polytechnic School.

Although aftershocks have been going on since the main event of mid-April, in recent days the size and number of such events have been minor.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 recorded this morning seems to be that activated a “reshuffling” of plate tectonics and led to the series of tremors detected in the day, he told Efe Gabriela Ponce, the IG.

The quakes were located offshore, off Muisne populations and Punta Galeras, in the southern coastal province of Esmeraldas, and their magnitudes ranged between 5.1 and 2.4, said Ponce.

Earthquakes added the fountain have been “superficial” because they originate within 20 kilometers deep in the “subduction zone” where collide the Nazca plate and the South American continental shelf.

“We do not know when it will stop this” or possibly calm to be resubmitted later, Ponce added explaining that the IG maintains a permanent monitoring of seismic activity in the area.

“We have to see how it evolves” the phenomenon, he added.

After the 5.1 magnitude earthquake recorded this morning, nine other aftershocks with magnitudes between 2.4 and 3.6, were located off the coast of Canoa, Muisne and Punta Galera, requires a special report issued by the IG.

One of those aftershocks of magnitude 3.3 and against Canoa, was felt in Sucre and San Vicente cantons in the province of Manabi, Esmeraldas neighbor.


The report notes that so far there have been 2,530 aftershocks April.

Moreover, the Ecuadorian government today renewed for another month the term of a “state of emergency” in Manabi and Esmeraldas, the hardest hit by the earthquake. Read Article

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