A major M7.5 earthquake hit 115km ESE of Palora, Ecuador at 10:17 (UTC) on February 22, 2019 and at a depth of 132 km. The quake was felt over very large distances – from Ecuador to Peru and Colombia. No reports of injuries, death or heavy damage, yet. Thankfully, the epicenter of the quake was very deep!
The quake was first measured at M7.6 before being downgraded to M7.5:
3 major aftershocks have been reported within 30 minutes af the first quake:
Hasta el momento: El Instituto Geofísico del Ecuador reporta cuatro sismos durante la madrugada de este viernes 22 de febrero.— Ecuador Play (@EcuadorPlay) February 22, 2019
– 05h17 – 7.7 Macas
– 05h20 – 6.0 Macas
– 05h40 – 5.9 Guayaquil
– 05h54 – 3.6 Macas pic.twitter.com/fYrVoJnh9H
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has not issued any alerts.
Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.7 near the Peru-Ecuador border reg 0217PST Feb 22: Tsunami NOT expected; CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) February 22, 2019
Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was among the first to speak out after the announcements and explained on Twitter that the quake hit in an “apparently” depopulated area . “I hope it does not have serious consequences,” he wrote.
Es un sismo de casi 8 en la escala Richter. Es decir, es un terremoto. Felizmente es profundo y, aparentemente, en zona despoblada. Ojalá no tenga consecuencias graves.— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) February 22, 2019
Un abrazo a Morona Santiago y a la Patria entera. pic.twitter.com/oO6ZeK13oq
Here other videos captured at the exact moment the Ecuador terremoto hit:
The earthquake even shook southern Colombia:
Here a map of the powerful earthquake in Ecuador on February 22, 2019