QUITO – Two people were slightly injured and a number of homes suffered minor damage in the southwestern Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil in a magnitude-5.8 earthquake, which shook the tropical province of Guayas this Tuesday.
The ECU911 emergency management service told Efe that an elderly man and a child were cut by the shattered glass of a falling mirror in Guayaquil, one of the country’s most populated cities.
The earthquake struck at 6:19 a.m. at a depth of some 70.98 kilometers (44.1 miles), according to the Geophysical Institute, or IG.
Daniel Pacheco, the supervisor on duty at the IG monitoring center, told Efe that they have received “reports of damaged houses, downed powerlines and other fallen objects.”
But he made it clear that there have been “no reports of significant destruction.”
At the moment, technicians of the institute are studying in detail the characteristics of the temblor to determine “if it originated by subduction (a clashing of the earth’s crustal plates) or was related to the system of tectonic faults near the city of Guayaquil.”
Pacheco said that, for now, no aftershocks have been registered but could yet occur.
“It could be that most of them will only be detected by instruments, but maybe some will be felt by the local population,” he said.
According to a spokesperson at the ECU911 emergency management service, the quake occurred in the Naranjito district and was felt in different parts of the country, such as Manta in Manabi province, Ambato in Tungurahua province, and in the provinces of Loja in the south and Sucuimbios in the north, as well as in Pastaza in the Amazon region, but without any reports of serious damage in those areas.
The Risk Management Secretariat, or SGR, said on Twitter that the temblor did not generate a tsunami alert.