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Earthquake in Ecuador

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Ecuador
Date of Charter Activation:
17 April 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
15:58:10
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN OCHA
Project Management:
UNITAR

Description of the event

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on 16 April at 23:58 UTC (18:58 local time) and has caused severe damage in the country.

At least 659 people are known to have been killed, and almost thirty thousand more were injured.

The shallow earthquake, the worst to affect the country in almost forty years, struck near the town of Muisne on the western coast of Ecuador, and there were concerns of potential tsunami in the aftermath. While the risk of tsunami has now passed the earthquake has still caused widespread damage. Over a hundred aftershocks have been reported.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos Provinces, all of which are on the coast of the nation. Rescue operations and the search for survivors are ongoing. Soldiers have been deployed to aid the rescue operations in the north-west, but landslides have made it difficult to reach some areas. Ecuador is receiving international aid and relief from eight separate countries.

The Manabi Province suffered the most damage, with the town of Pedernales, which was close to the earthquake, reportedly flattened and further south the cities of Manta and Portoviejo have also suffered severe damage.

Thousands of people have been left homeless, and it is estimated it will take years for the worst-affected areas to recover and rebuild.

Preliminary satellite based damage assessment report of the earthquake

Download the full report

Source: WorldView-2 / WorldView-3
Acquired: WorldView-2: 26/07/2014
WorldView-3: 16/04/2016

Copyright: DigitalGlobe Inc.
Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Preliminary co-seismic landslide inventory map for Manta, Ecuador

Source: Deimos
Acquired: 20/04/2016

Copyright: Deimos Imaging
Map produced by British Geological Survey and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Potential damage to Portoviejo City, Ecuador

Source: Resurs-P
Acquired: 19/04/2016

Copyright: ROSCOSMOS 2016 - All rights reserved
Map produced by ROSCOSMOS

Damage assessment of Portoviejo City, Manabi Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / Deimos-2 / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 19/04/2016
Deimos-2: 19/04/2016
WorldView-2: 26/07/2014

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Deimos-2 © Deimos Imaging
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Montecristi, Manabi Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 19/04/2016
WorldView-3: 27/06/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Preliminary co-seismic landslide inventory for Portoviejo, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 19/04/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by British Geological Survey and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Preliminary co-seismic landslide inventory map for Muisne, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 20/04/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by British Geological Survey and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Preliminary co-seismic landslide inventory map for Crucita, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 19/04/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by British Geological Survey and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Preliminary co-seismic landslide inventory map for Chone, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 19/04/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by British Geological Survey and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Preliminary co-seismic landslide inventory map for Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 19/04/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by British Geological Survey and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Chone area in Manabi Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 19/04/2016
WorldView-2: 02/12/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Muisne in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleaides / WorldView-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 20/04/2016
WorldView-3: 12/03/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of San Jacinto / El Pueblito areas, Manabi Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 19/04/2016
WorldView-2: 23/04/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Crucita area, in Manabi Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 19/04/2016
WorldView-2: 23/04/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Salinas and La Libertad in Santa Elena Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 18/04/2016
WorldView-2: 26/12/2015

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Atacames area in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 18/04/2016
WorldView-2: 18/08/2013

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT