Ecuador earthquake leaves at least 77 dead

17 Apr 2016 | By Gaurav

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has killed at least 77 and injured more than 588 people.

President Rafael Correa, who is flying back from a trip to Italy, has decreed a state of emergency.

Officials said the figures could rise as a number of affected areas had not yet been reached.

Dozens of buildings had collapsed and reports of looting have emerged.

In context: The Ecuador earthquake

Ecuador Ecuador: Susceptibility to earthquakes

Ecuador fronts the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates.

The country sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire" - the arc of high seismic activity that extends right around the Pacific basin.

There have been seven 7.0 magnitude or greater events within 250km of this latest tremor since 1900.

Ecuador has also had a number of tsunamis because of earthquakes.

The Nazca and South American tectonic plates

The Nazca and South American tectonic plates grind past each other at a rate of about 65mm per year. It is a process that has helped build the Andes and Ecuador's many volcanoes, including the Chimborazo.
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The EarthquakeDetails of the earthquake

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at a depth of 19.2km.

Its epicenter was located about 27km from Muisne in a sparsely populated area. There have been a number of aftershocks, the biggest at 5.6.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the threat of a tsunami had mostly passed.

The largest earthquake before this, measuring 8.2, struck in 1979.

17 Apr 2016Ecuador earthquake leaves at least 77 dead

Aftermath The aftermath of the earthquake

Official reports said that 77 people have died, however the figure could rise as authorities struggled to reach areas that were away from cities.

A nation-wide state of exception has been imposed, which gives the government several discretionary powers.

A state of emergency has been declared in 6 of the country's 24 provinces.

No fatalities or injuries were reported in the capital, Quito.

18 Apr 2016246 killed, over 2500 injured in Ecuador quake

Rescuers in Ecuador burrowed through deep rubble in an increasingly desperate attempt to find survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 246 people.

Over 2500 people were also injured in the quake. Officials said the death toll would rise as workers continued looking for survivors in cities.

Reports have emerged that scores of prisoners also escaped when the quake hit.

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19 Apr 2016Ecuador earthquake: Death toll climbs to 413

Ecuadorian officials have stated that the 7.8-magnitude quake, which struck on Saturday night, has killed at least 413 people.

The cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales, a tourist destination, saw the most devastation, but damage was widespread throughout the country.

Officials said that as of Monday, over 2500 people were injured and undergoing treatment at various medical camps organized by the government.

20 Apr 2016Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes off Ecuadorian coast

A fresh earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Ecuador just days after a major quake hit the country killing more than 500 people.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the quake struck 70 km off the Ecuadorian coast at a depth of 10 km.

However no tsunami warning has been issued for the latest quake.

22 Apr 2016Magnitude 6 quake strikes Ecuador again

With the nation still on the path to recovery after the recent massive earthquake, another quake measuring to 6.0 magnitude, struck off the coast of Ecuador.

Experts stated that these earthquakes were to be expected after the massive 7.8 magnitude quake struck; however, they did not anticipate their magnitude.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa asked his country to keep their "hopes up in troubled times."

24 Apr 2016Ecuador quake toll rises to 650

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa stated that the death toll from the recent earthquake in the country has risen to almost 650.

He added that the quake also injured around 12,500 people and left 130 missing along the country's ravaged Pacific coast.

More than 700 aftershocks have continued to shake the country since the major quake.

Officials estimate the damage to be between $2-3 billion.

28 Apr 2016China provides over $9.5 million aid to Ecuador

The Chinese government delivered $9.5 million worth of humanitarian aid materials to the victims of the deadly 16 April earthquake in Ecuador.

Four planeloads of aid arrived at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

The aid, which consists of 5,400 tents, 9,999 folding beds and other supplies, will house the homeless for several months.

19 May 20161 killed, 85 injured in major Ecuador aftershock

One person was killed and 85 others were injured in two strong aftershocks that struck a month after the deadly earthquake that killed over 700 people in Ecuador.

Citizens were awakened by a 6.8-magnitude quake, followed by another measuring 6.7, according to Ecuador's national geological institute.

The quakes had a depth of 32 km and struck 136 km northwest of Quito.