Earthquakes in Esmeraldas 1976, Ecuador

Earthquakes in Ecuador

In 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 5,700 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 1 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

Other natural hazards in Ecuador:
The most severe natural disasters worldwide

Back to overview: Ecuador

Most recent events

This 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 11 am UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Ecuador
  • Feb. 1, 3:58 am
    Magnitude 4.4: 14 km south-southwest of Palora at a depth of 159.76 km.
  • Jan. 31, 9:54 pm
    Magnitude 4.3: 1 km northwest of Piñas at a depth of ten km.
  • Jan. 28, 6:58 am
    Magnitude 4.5: Peru-Ecuador border at a depth of 59.27 km.
  • Jan. 25, 11:29 pm
    Magnitude 4.1: 67 km northwest of Puerto Francisco de Orellana at a depth of ten km.
  • Jan. 25, 10:16 pm
    Magnitude 4.6: 4 km south-southwest of El Triunfo at a depth of 77.26 km.
  • Jan. 25, 4:11 am
    Magnitude 4.4: Peru-Ecuador border at a depth of 34.07 km.
  • Jan. 19, 11:43 am
    Magnitude 4.8: off the coast of Ecuador at a depth of 39.22 km.

Earthquakes in Ecuador since 1950

Earthquakes in Esmeraldas 1976, EcuadorThe strongest earthquake in Ecuador happened on 04/16/2016 in the Near West Coast (Manabi, Esmeraldas) region with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
07/14/2022Guayas73 km5.71
03/27/2022Esmeraldas26 km5.80
02/22/2019Azuay, Manabi, Morona Sant.; Peru145 km7.51
01/31/2018Pastaza21 km5.21
12/19/2016Esmeraldas 5.43
05/18/2016Manabi Province26 km6.91
04/16/2016Near West Coast (Manabi, Esmeraldas) 7.8663
08/12/2014Quito13 km5.12
10/29/2011Pomasqui49 km4.00
08/12/2010Manta, Guayaquil, Loja15 km7.10
10/09/2009Tena39 km5.40
11/16/2007Guayaquil 6.80
07/13/2007Zaruma25 km4.50
10/24/2005Baeza33 km4.80
01/24/2005Near West Coast (Puerto Lopez, Salango)26 km6.10
08/04/1998Bahia De Caraquez, Canoa20 km7.23
03/28/1996Cotopaxi, Pastaza, Tungurahua, Ambato49 km5.927
10/03/1995Quito23 km7.02
08/11/1990Pamasqui, Quito54 km4.44
06/25/1989Esmeraldas, Guayaquil32 km6.10
09/22/1987Ambato, Latacunga, Riobamba37 km6.22
03/06/1987Napo Province, Quito, Tulcan44 km7.25000
08/18/1980W, Guayaquil52 km5.68
04/09/1976Esmeraldos47 km6.710
12/17/1969Sasquisili, Pujili, Latacunga 4.20
07/30/1960Ecuador 0.011
01/16/1956Ecuador 7.30
08/05/1950Ecuador 6.80

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
International tourismThe 41 most popular travel countriesA ranking of international tourism over 41 countries. USA ranks 3rd.
Portugal: Public HolidaysPublic holidays in Portugal 2023-2027Statutory and inofficial holidays in Portugal for 2023 to 2027
Alliance: ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian NationsMembers of the ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian NationsThe 10 members of the ASEAN trade agreement, listed with area and population (8.5% of world population)