Series of Earthquakes in Ecuador Cause No Damage

November 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Seven earthquakes up to magnitude 5.5 rocked Ecuador in a span of eight hours with no reports of casualties or damage, authorities said Thursday.The Geophysical Institute said the earthquakes whose magnitudes ranged from 3.8 to 5.5, were recorded between Wednesday night and   Thursday morning.

The epicenters of six earthquakes were located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, while the other was located in the coastal province of Manabi (southwest), according to the agency.The authorities added that the magnitude 5.5, occurred to the premises on Wednesday 8:57pm local time, was felt  along the coast of Ecuador in the cities of Manta and Bahia de Caraquez, both in Manabi.

Meanwhile, the Navy Oceanographic Institute of Ecuador (INOC) ruled out the possibility that a tsunami is generated in the national coasts and islands of the Galapagos Ecuador (1,000 km from the shore).

On 29 October, an earthquake of magnitude 4 strongly shook Quito and its environs, causing no casualties but some damage. That same day two other tremors were unrelated to the first.

The Ecuadorian government plans to issue housing standards at the high seismic risk that is registered in the country, located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area sensitive to seismic activity.

 

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