Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador Earthquake, Mw6.0

At 11:19 UTC (06:19 local time) on Sunday December 3, an earthquake of moment magnitude Mw6.0 struck approximately 12 mi (19 km) northeast of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. Authorities have confirmed no major damage, though minor damage to dozens of homes, and at least 21 schools and 3 hospitals is reported. At this time, most of the minor damage to residential properties has been reported in the city of Pasaje, El Oro Province. Official damage assessments are ongoing and the full extent of the damage is expected to be known in the coming days. Structures built following the April 2016 earthquake that devastated parts of Manabí Province, including dams and reconstruction projects, do not show any damage according to authorities. Power cuts have impacted several towns in the area, including Chone and Bahía de Caráquez, and work is continuing to restore power . Local media reports at least two injuries have been associated with this event. USGS Earthquake Parameters . According to the USGS, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and reinforced/confined masonry construction. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses. The earthquake struck in a similar location to the epicenter of the April 2016 Mw7.8 earthquake which killed over 660 people and damaged more than 10,000 buildings .

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