Ecuador has reportedly been struck by another strong earthquake today, April 19, 2016, for the second time within a week. The magnitude of the temblor was initially reported by El Mercurio to have been 5.9M. At 22:40 UTC, the United States Geological Survey reported confirmed the quake’s magnitude as 5.5.
This is considered a moderate quake in scientific terms. The psychological damage that it could inflict on this quake-shocked country cannot be quantified. About 500 temblors which range in magnitude from 5.5-6.0, occur throughout the world yearly. These type of earth movements usually cause nominal damage, however, because this earthquake occurred in the earth beneath an already damaged country, the effects may be greater than those of a typical temblor.
The quake struck about 119 miles to the northwest of the capital, Quito, and 2.5 miles from Muisne, near where the earlier quake struck. The earthquake’s depth was about 9.6 miles at a location reported to have been at 562 minutes north latitude and 80 degrees 056 minutes west longitude.
The last quake had a death toll of almost 500 people. The Ecuadorian president acknowledged that billions of dollars in damage was done.
The situation is continuing to unfold at publication time.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Jeanette Smith and Cathy Milne
El Mercurio: Replica de magnitud 6 sacude zona cero del sismo en Ecuado y se sienteenQuito
Michigan Tech University: Earthquake Magnitude Scale/Earthquake Magnitude Class
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