Magnitude 5.2 earthquake fuels seismic swarm off Ecuadorian coast

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A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook an ocean area on Saturday morning off Manabi province in western Equateur, where an earthquake swarm has been detected since last Tuesday, The Institute of Geophysics (IG) of the National Polytechnic School reported.

The earthquake, which occurred at 02:06 local time (07:06 GMT), is the largest intensity ever recorded in the swarm region, where 2.5 and 5.2. 24 aftershocks in the last day with an intensity betweenGI specified in a special report.

“Due to the characteristics of the swarms, it is likely that events of a similar magnitude to those previously observed will continue to occur and eventually lead to larger earthquakes,” Source added.

The deep-sea earthquake was felt in Manabi province this morning, but there was no indication that it caused any damage or casualties.

Since last Tuesday, low and medium intensity earthquakes have been recorded along the coasts of Jama and Bahia de Caraques, in the center-west of Manabi, which are considered swarms, the IG said.

The IG recalled that this type of event warns that Ecuador is located in a seismic zone of excellence, so its population must be prepared for such an event.

The Ecuadorian coastline is subject to permanent geological pressure.

On April 16, 2016, the province of Manabi was shaken by a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8, causing more than 670 deaths, thousands of people affected and millions of property damage.

The earthquake also affected part of the neighboring coastal province of Esmeraldas (the border with Colombia) and was strongly felt in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, located in the province of Pichincha, in the Andean region of the country. .

Ecuador is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which concentrates some of the most important subduction zones on the planet, and which includes countries such as Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua in the Americas and Nicaragua. , El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Canada.

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