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 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 earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
02/22/2019Azuay, Manabi, Morona Sant.; Peru22 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. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).