Major Quake, Ecuador

A deep, major earthquake struck onshore Ecuador just before midnight last night.

Friday 13th August 2010

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 145 km east of Ambato (175 km south-east of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito) at 11:54 p.m. last night, New Zealand time. The 211 km-deep quake was centred in the Nazca Plate, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoscience Australia reports the earthquake as magnitude 7.2 at a depth of 186 km. It estimates that the quake would have caused damage within 120 km of the epicentre and would have been felt up to 1500 km away.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin for the earthquake at 12:03, reporting it as magnitude 7.2 at a depth of 186 km. A destructive tsunami was not generated.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, Geoscience Australia, and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

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