Ecuador Earthquake Today: A mega quake measuring about 7.8 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Ecuador today.
It engulfed the lives of 28 persons as said by the vice-President Jorge Glas while revealing the preliminary reports.
Emergency has been declared in six provinces following the very strong tremor which hit the coast of the country.
The epicenter was found out to near the city of Muisne. It was so powerful that it heavily shook the buildings in the capital region of Quito which is located over 160 km from it.
Many reports of loss of lives and property have been received. Reports say that an overpass bridge was destroyed in the port city of Guayaquil and have damaged many buildings in nearby areas.Earthquake in Ecuador Today, i.e., 16th April 2016
Tsunami is also suspected as the reports of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre have suggested people to get aware of high and hazardous waves which can hit on the coastlines with 300 km.
Ecuador Earthquake Today Updates:
# Authorities reported that 28 people lost their lives.
# The quake struck at time seven p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) and measured about 12 miles deep.
# President said the state of emergency declared in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo.
# No threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
# There was no evidence of a tsunami, but those on the coasts should seek higher ground as a precaution: President.
# Two quakes, one 4.8 occurred 10 minutes before the 7.8 earthquake and second 5.8 hit after 30 minutes of the strong one: USGS.
# Photos on social media showed cracks in the walls of shopping centers.
# Residents in Quito felt the quake for nearly 40 seconds. It is the strongest of the quakes which the nation had faced over the decades.
# ESMERALDAS REFINERY HALTED AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE AFTER QUAKE: State Oil Company.