Ecuador earthquake: 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on Saturday night around 11 pm. According to the initial reports, 80 people have been killed, and several are missing. The government so far has not released any statement about the casualties. A tsunami alert has been issued. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake located at 27 kilometers from the South-Southeast from Muisne City. Ecuador earthquake was by far the worst earthquake since 1979.
According to the local time, the quake felt on Saturday night around 11 pm (6 am Sunday morning, according to the Indian Standard Time) which rocked the nation.
Manta, Portoviejo, and Guayaquil are the cities which are worst affected by the quake. Buildings were collapsed in the national capital Quito. The port is also quite damaged. It’s a tourist destination. The airports have been shut down in these cities.
Ecuador Earthquake: President Rafael Correa Appeal to stay Calm and United
While addressing to the media, President Rafael Correa appealed to the public, He said, we want the co-operation of the public so that we can overcome this tragedy. It is a difficult time, and we should stand together.
Electricity and mobile service are almost dead in the cities. In the initial reports, the intensity of earthquake was 7.4, but later US Geological Survey that the intensity was of 7.8. The center of the quake was at a depth of 19 kilometers. Aftershocks of 5.6 magnitudes were also felt. In most of the cities, people are living in the open.
Following the Ecuador earthquake, many countries including the US have issued warning against tsunami. On Sunday’s morning, tremors were felt on Esmeralda’s local banks. Since the quake, high waves appeared rising in about 300 kilometers of range, following which many countries issued Tsunami warnings.
Pacific Tsunami warning center has issued a warning saying that tremors could felt.