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Geohazard/Seismic Events: Strong M6.8 Aftershock follows Earthquake near Rosa Zarate, Esmeraldas, Ecuador


The Event occurred in Ecuador , Province of Esmeraldas (population 336,795) . The nearest places are: 24.0 km (14.9 mi) NW of Rosa Zarate, 46.0 km (28.6 mi) ESE of Muisne, 51.0 km (31.7 mi) S of Propicia,  96.0 km (59.7 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, and 146.0 km (90.7 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador The maximum altitude nearby is 1476m .

Event Map: M6.8 – 24.0 km (14.9 mi) NW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador

Event Map: M6.8 – 24.0 km (14.9 mi) NW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador on 2016-05-16 at 16:46:44 (UTC). This is a product of the GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN) and credit belongs to all involved institutions.

Mw Beach BallNatural Hazard – Seismic Event 

South America – Ecuador | Esmeraldas Province, Rosa Zarate
Location: 24km NW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
Magnitude: 6.8
Time:  2016-05-18 16:46:44 (UTC)
Epicenter: 0°27’54.0″N 79°38’27.6″W
Depth: 31.0 km (19.3 mi) Deep
Area affected by light damage (estimated radius): 68 km (MMI VI)
Population affected: 703,895 people within 100km

USGS Interactive map

USGS ShakeMap

MWW6.8 Near Coast Of Ecuador

IRIS Interactive Earthquake Browser

M6.7 earthquake near Rosa Zarate, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Recent Earthquakes Near Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Tsunami Information Statement Issued




USGS Estimated Population Exposure to Earthquake Shaking
147 km NW of Quito, Ecuador / pop: 1,399,814 / local time: 11:46:40.6 2016-05-18
25 km NW of Rosa Zárate, Ecuador / pop: 42,121 / local time: 11:46:40.6 2016-05-18


South America – Ecuador | Esmeraldas Province, Muisne
Location: 27km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador
Magnitude: 7.8
Time:  2016-04-16 23:58:37 (UTC)
Epicenter: 0°22’15.6″N 79°56’24.0″W
Depth: 19.2 km (11.9 mi) Shallow

More information

Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG)
GeoForschungsZentrum (GEOFON) Potsdam, Germany
Earthquake Track
Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC)

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