Earthquakes in EcuadorIn Ecuador there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.
Since 1950 more than 5700 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 1 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.
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Most recent eventsThis list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Ecuador by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.
- Jun 23, 10:26 pmMagnitude 4.7: 255 km north-northwest of Puerto Ayora at a depth of 10 km.
- Jun 21, 11:50 pmMagnitude 4.8: 4 km northeast of El Ángel at a depth of 10 km.
- Jun 18, 1:16 pmMagnitude 4.8: 60 km west-northwest of Puerto Villamil at a depth of 10 km.
- Jun 15, 9:43 pmMagnitude 4.4: 39 km northwest of Boca Suno at a depth of 10.54 km.
- Jun 12, 2:05 amMagnitude 4.1: Colombia-Ecuador border at a depth of 5.8 km.
- Jun 11, 9:37 pmMagnitude 4.5: 34 km northwest of Archidona at a depth of 10 km.
Earthquakes in Ecuador since 1950The strongest earthquake in Ecuador happened on 04/16/2016 in the region Near West Coast (Manabi, Esmeraldas) with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
|02/22/2019||Azuay, Manabi, Morona Sant.; Peru||145 km||7.5||1|
|05/18/2016||Manabi Province||26 km||6.9||1|
|04/16/2016||Near West Coast (Manabi, Esmeraldas)||7.8||663|
|08/12/2010||Manta, Guayaquil, Loja||15 km||7.1||0|
|01/24/2005||Near West Coast (Puerto Lopez, Salango)||26 km||6.1||0|
|08/04/1998||Bahia De Caraquez, Canoa||20 km||7.2||3|
|03/28/1996||Cotopaxi, Pastaza, Tungurahua, Ambato||49 km||5.9||27|
|08/11/1990||Pamasqui, Quito||54 km||4.4||4|
|06/25/1989||Esmeraldas, Guayaquil||32 km||6.1||0|
|09/22/1987||Ambato, Latacunga, Riobamba||37 km||6.2||2|
|03/06/1987||Napo Province, Quito, Tulcan||44 km||7.2||5000|
|08/18/1980||W, Guayaquil||52 km||5.6||8|
|12/17/1969||Sasquisili, Pujili, Latacunga||4.2||0|
These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.