M7.8 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR on April 16th 2016 at 23:58 UTC
Last update: 25 April 2016 at 07:03 UTC
An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Ecuador on April 16th, at 23:58 UTC (18:58 local time), 167 km NW of Quito, Ecuador, and 27 km SE of Muisne, killing hundreds and devastating entire regions of the country.
Reuters reports that the death toll from the quake exceeds 650 people at the time of this report, and thousands of injured. President Rafael Correa, who cut short a trip to Rome to return to Ecuador, said he expects the death toll to rise. Government officials say there are many people who are still missing.
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Scientific articles relative to Ecuador subduction zone
- Tectonic segmentation of the North Andean margin: impact of the Carnegie Ridge collision by Gutscher et al.
- Are rupture zone limits of great subduction earthquakes controlled by upper plate structures? Evidence from multichannel seismic reflection data acquired across the northern Ecuador-southwest Colombia margin by Collot et al.
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