After last month’s devastating earthquake, Ecuador was hit again with a 6.7 magnitude quake. Although it can still be described as an aftershock and didn’t cause as much damage, residents still reeling from the effects of April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake were reportedly shaken over the event.
The earthquake struck at around 3 AM local time, prompting a national disaster alert due to its magnitude. Yet after local authorities reported damage was minimal and the situation appeared to be under control, Ecuador President Rafael Correa did not send out emergency responders and told worried citizens to go back to their houses. Some locations lost power, but Correa assured residents via Twitter it would return soon.
Manta mayor Jorge Zambrano said, “It was a big shake and all of us were scared but there are no major problems at the moment.” President Correa spoke on television, reminding viewers that even large aftershocks can be common for the two months following earthquakes.
Their worry is understandable, since last month’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake was the worst in decades. Over 650 people died and about 16,600 people were injured. After 7,000 buildings were damaged, over 25,000 displaced people sought shelters. The recent 6.1 earthquake occurred in close to the same location as the first, near the coast, although a tsunami warning for this recent quake was deemed unnecessary.
According to USGS, most residential buildings in this area are still “vulnerable to earthquake shaking,” relying on bricks and mud walls that are not always reinforced.
Via NBC News