Powerful 7.8 quake strikes Ecuador


A massive 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador at 23:58:37 UTC on April 16, 2016 about 17 miles northwest of the coastal towns and tourist fishing ports of Muisne and Pedernales. Initially reported as a 7.4 quake, seismologists have upgraded the magnitude to 7.8.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for Ecuador, warning of waves that could reach 1 meter above tide level. Tsunami activity is also possible along the coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru, however, no major waves are expected in these areas. There is no tsunami threat to Chile.

Collapsed control tower at Manta Airport / Image courtesy of @luchoquimis

Initial reports have begun to come in of damage to infrastructure. So far it has been reported that the airport tower at Manta Airport has collapsed, and roads have buckled as well as a highway bridge has partially crumbled.

Power outages are being reported across the region, with a total blackout in one of the country’s largest cities, Santo Domingo. Outages are also being reported in areas in the capital of Quito.

Crumbling highway bridge / Image courtesy of @dahboo7

Image courtesy of @stephabaldeon

Image courtesy of @cas0770

Proximity to other locations:

27.0 km (16.8 mi) SSE of Muisne, Ecuador
52.0 km (32.3 mi) W of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
68.0 km (42.3 mi) SSW of Propicia, Ecuador
111.0 km (69.0 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
170.0 km (105.6 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador