Ecuador Earthquake Causes Deadly Landslides Which Cover Cities With Dust

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Ecuador earthquake causes deadly landslides which cover cities with dust

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, two earthquakes (4.1 and 5.1 magnitude) rattled Ecuador. The epicenter of the 5.1 mag quake was located about 7.7 kilometers deep in the province of Pichincha, 23 km to the North of Quito, according to the geophysical service of the United States (USGS).

The epicenter of the earthquake is located a little North West of the new Quito Airport. This area is definitely not a volcanic area. There are some volcanoes in the direct vicinity of Quito, but not at this particular location.

Multiple landslides are reported in the Quito area. An impressive picture from the Twitter shows huge clouds of dust in the hills during the shaking.

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Huge clouds of dust can be seen in the hills during the shaking. Photo: Twitter

We are especially scared for these landslides as poor people have often build their houses agains steep hills , which in case of a landslide can be extremely dangerous.

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A landslide has covered the river valley near Quito after the 5.1 tremor! Twitter

Dust has covered Carapungo and Calderon. The Quito International airport was evacuated after the shaking.

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After the quake, Quito’s international airport was evacuated. Photo: Twitter

At least 2 people killed by landslides in a quarry in Catequilla close to the Middle of the World or Equator, Mitad del Mundo as many people will know it. Some buildings in Quito show cracked walls.

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Rescue services are carrying the body of a worker in Catequilla who died after falling into a water pit – Image courtesy and copyright @marychuyglez

5.1 magnitude earthquake had an epicenter just 23 kilometers northeast of the capital and 7 kilometers deep, according to the geophysical service of United States (USGS). An aftershock (magnitude 4.1) followed at 15:02, according to the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador.

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