ST LOUIS (LALATE) – An Ecuador earthquake today 2014 has just struck San Gabriel. The terremoto en Ecuador hoy 10/201/14, a temblor registering 6.0 magnitude, hit moments ago. Damage assessment is pending.
The Ecuador earthquake today October 20, 2014 began in the afternoon hours. USGS tells news a terremoto en Ecuador joy 10/20/14 began just after 2:33 pm local time. The quake was shallow. It began only six miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region. USGS indicates to news that the temblor was six miles south of San Gabriel. It was twenty-three miles east of Ibarra and twenty-five miles southwest of Ipiales. The quake was also about seventy miles east of Quito.
Several quakes have been hitting the country in recent years. In January 2013, one quake began nine miles north of Tosagua. The quake was also only eleven miles west of Chone and eleven miles east of Bahia de Caraquez. Officials also told news at the time that the quake was fifteen miles west of Calceta and roughly one hundred miles west of Quito.
USGS tells news today that “Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes have occurred on this subduction zone interface that were followed by devastating tsunamis, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world.” Officials add “Other notable shallow tsunami-generating earthquakes include the 1906 M8.5 earthquake near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, the 1922 M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile, the 2001 M8.4 Arequipa, Peru earthquake, the 2007 M8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru, and the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake located just north of the 1960 event. ” For continuing coverage click HERE.