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 do not occur very frequently.

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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Earthquakes in Ecuador since 1950

The 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 shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 36 km resulted in 663 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
01/31/2018Pastaza21 km5.21
12/19/2016Esmeraldas39 km5.43
05/18/2016Manabi Province11 km6.81
04/16/2016Near West Coast (Manabi, Esmeraldas)36 km7.8663
08/12/2014Quito58 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. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).