2014 Ecuador earthquake

On August 12, 2014 a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Ecuador 22 km (14 mi) west-southwest of Cayambe at a depth of 11.9 km (7.4 mi).[1] The earthquake shook Ecuador's capital Quito 32 km (20 mi), causing large dust clouds and prompting the temporary shutdown of Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport.[2] The earthquake killed at least 4 people including two men who were buried by a landslide in a local quarry. It also injured at least 8 others.[3] Earthquakes are commonplace in Ecuador because of its position along the "Ring of Fire," an area of high seismic activity that encircles the Pacific Ocean.[4]

2014 Ecuador earthquake
2014 Ecuador earthquake is located in Ecuador
Quito
Quito
UTC time2014-08-12 19:58:00
ISC event605145530
USGS-ANSSComCat
Local dateAugust 12, 2014
Local time14:58
Magnitude5.1 Mw
Depth11.9 km (7.4 mi)
Epicenter0°01′N 78°19′W / 0.02°N 78.32°W / 0.02; -78.32Coordinates: 0°01′N 78°19′W / 0.02°N 78.32°W / 0.02; -78.32
Areas affectedEcuador
Max. intensityVI (Strong)
Casualties4 dead

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "M5.1 - 22km WSW of Cayambe, Ecuador". United States Geological Survey. August 12, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ecuador quake rattles Quito, killing four". BBC News. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Earthquake killed 4 people in Ecuador". Reuters. August 12, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ecuador Natural Disasters". Gov.UK. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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