Chaos in southeast Ecuador over earthquake

April 29, 2015 3:31 am

A strong measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale has
hit southeast causing chaos, though there were no immediate
reports of injuries or property damage.

Ecuador’s
Geophysical Institute said the earthquake occurred at 6:20 a.m. local
time (1120 GMT) in Guayaquil, Guayas Province, at a depth of 71
kilometers (44 miles).

Ecuador’s jolt follows just three days
after a devastating 7.8-magnitude quake hit Nepal, where more than 5,000
people have so far been reported dead. The quake in the Asian country
has also caused heavy material damage in the capital, Kathmandu, and its
rural areas.
Earthquakes measuring over 5.5-magnitude are quite
frequent and often cause damage to buildings and other structures.
Temblors measuring from 7.0 to 7.9 on the Richter scale are considered
major earthquakes, causing serious damage. They are not very frequent.
Quakes of an 8.0-Richter magnitude can totally destroy communities near
the epicenter and occur once every 5 to 10 years.

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