Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SHAKE AND BLOW
Ecuador quake, aftershocks leave two dead, serious damage
by Staff Writers
Quito (AFP) Dec 19, 2016


A 5.8-magnitude earthquake followed by more than 20 aftershocks rattled Ecuador's Pacific coast before dawn Monday, causing two deaths and heavy damage to hotels and homes in resort towns, officials said.

The northwestern province of Esmeraldas -- hit hard by a devastating temblor in April -- bore the brunt of the new quake, too.

Two people died and six were injured as a result of the quake, said the disaster management agency, SGR.

One of them was a 75-year woman who died of a heart attack, said provincial governor Gabriel Rivera.

The quake caused a lot of damage to resort facilities in the coastal towns of Atacames and Tonsupa, and many homes also collapsed, Rivera told Radio Publica.

President Rafael Correa canceled his activities to fly to the disaster area.

"Substantial damage due to poor construction," he wrote on Twitter.

The quake struck in the Pacific off Atacames and was followed by 27 aftershocks registering as high as 4.2, the Geophysical Institute reported.

The quakes knocked out electricity in several areas of Esmeraldas but power was later restored. Schools meanwhile closed indefinitely.

The capital city of Esmeraldas, which has the same name, is home to the country's main oil refinery, a power plant, two oil pipelines and an oil export port. But no damage to these facilities was reported, the government said.

The South American nation is still recovering from a devastating 7.8-magnitude quake that killed 673 people in April and left some 6,000 injured.

That quake flattened homes and buildings up and down a long stretch of Ecuador's coast, reducing picturesque resort towns to rubble.

The US Geological Survey said the main quake on Monday was of magnitude 5.4.

The Geophysical Institute did not issue a tsunami alert.


Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SHAKE AND BLOW
7.9-magnitude quake hits PNG, tsunami threat over
Sydney (AFP) Dec 17, 2016
A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but no immediate casualties were reported and an initial tsunami threat was later deemed to have passed. The earthquake struck 60 km to the east of Taron, New Ireland, at 8.51 pm local time (1051 GMT) at a depth of some 75 km, the USGS said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initial ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Sawdust reinvented into super sponge for oil spills

China arrests 18 over fatal October blast

Canada buys new Airbus search and rescue planes for Can$2.4 bn

Urgent appeal for supplies after strong Indonesia quake

SHAKE AND BLOW
Discovery to inspire more radiation-resistant metals

Researchers discovered elusive half-quantum vortices in a superfluid

Amazon aims to blur lines between game, real life

Supercomputer simulation reveals 2-D glass can go infinitely soft

SHAKE AND BLOW
Rain out, research in

Southern elephant seals may adjust their diving behavior to stay in prey patches

Study warns of world's groundwater depletion by 2050

Ethiopia inaugurates dam to double energy output

SHAKE AND BLOW
Landsat provides global view of speed of ice

Global warming is melting mountain glaciers: study

Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt

Most of Greenland ice melted to bedrock in recent geologic past

SHAKE AND BLOW
In Benin, 'Smart-Valleys' bring rice bounty

Many GMO studies have financial conflicts of interest

S. Korea issues top bird flu alert

More exact, ethical method to tell the sex of baby chickens

SHAKE AND BLOW
7.9-magnitude quake hits PNG, tsunami threat over

Underwater volcano's eruption captured in exquisite detail

Study models Tsunami Risk for Florida and Cuba

How soil moisture can help predict power outages caused by hurricance

SHAKE AND BLOW
UN cancels controversial Gambia army chief's Darfur visit

Influx of Chinese investors angers Madagascans

Mobile money lifts Kenyan households out of poverty

Mali rivals must stick to peace deal: French minister

SHAKE AND BLOW
Dental hygiene, caveman style

Neurons paralyze us during REM sleep

Neanderthals visited seaside cave in England for 180,000 years

Sex of prehistoric hand-stencil artists can be determined forensic analysis




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement