Earthquakes are a part of living in Ecuador: What you need to know

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This is a super useful chart. Memorize it.

Hearing the word “earthquake” can send locals running to the streets for safety. They also feel tremors that I don’t notice. Earthquakes occur almost every day (several a day!) but they’re not severe enough to feel. Ecuador lies above the destructive plate boundary where the Nazca Plate is subducting beneath the South American Plate.

Ecuador lies above the destructive plate boundary where the
Nazca Plate is subducting beneath the South American Plate.

Last years’ catastrophic and record breaking earthquake along the coast of Ecuador, has made a lasting impression.  It’s also infused a sense of fear to communities, such as Manta,  as they were in the heart of the quake, and suffered the most destruction. Imagine losing your home in a minute.

The 2016 Ecuador earthquake occurred on April 16 at 18:58:37 ECT with a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). The very large thrust earthquake was centered approximately 27 km (17 mi) from the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in a sparsely populated part of the country, and 170 km (110 mi) from the capital Quito,[1] where it was felt strongly.[4] Regions of MantaPedernales and Portoviejo accounted for over 75 percent of total casualties.[5] Manta’s central commercial shopping district, Tarqui, was completely destroyed.[6] Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures hundreds of kilometres from the epicenter collapsing. At least 676 people were killed and 16,600 people injured.

Home insurance is an extravagant expense here, so when families lost their homes’ due to the earthquake, they were literally forced to start over from nothing. Photos documenting the horrible event, are literally heart breaking.

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After installing the Earthquake app, I’ve realized that earthquakes are very
common in this area of the world. This is the #1 earthquake app used in Manta, which is something they take very seriously.

Over the past 5 days, Ecuador has had the following tremors:


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