State of emergency declared in six provinces following M7.8 earthquake in Ecuador

  • Typhoon - Mindulle

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Hurricane - Sam

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Subtropical Storm - Teresa

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 53 km NE of Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupe

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - La Palma, Spain

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Three

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Langila, Papua New Guinea

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 182 km WSW of Adak, Alaska

    22 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - south of Africa

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Semisopochnoi, United States

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 203 km N of Shi Yomi, India

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Novarupta, United States

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - South Lyon--Howell, MI Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Tampa--St. Petersburg, FL Region, United States

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  • Flood - Bridgeport--Stamford, CT--NY Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Tulare, California - United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Redding (Fawn Fire), California - United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Siskiyou County (McCash Fire), California, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Trinity County (Monument Fire), California, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Yukon, Canada

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  • Floods - Sudan

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  • Floods - South Sudan

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  • Storms - Brazil

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Bolivia

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - N of Broome, Western Australia - Australia

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NW of Burketown, Queensland - Australia

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 141 km SW of Empaque Tarriba, Mexico

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - Nicobar Islands, India region

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 184 km WSW of Adak, Alaska

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 95 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 6.3

    22 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cambodia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 142 km SW of Empaque Tarriba, Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Storms - Guatemala

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - Northwestern United States

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  • Drought - Midwestern United States

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  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

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  • Drought - Maine, United States

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  • Floods - Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Bolaang Mongondow Regency, North Sulawesi,Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern Mindanao Island, Philippines

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Bone Bolango, Gorontalo, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Hong Kong

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 38 km S of Mount Buller, Australia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Uganda

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hispaniola

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Odisha, India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    4 days ago ADVISORY

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April 18, 2016

In the wake of what has been reported as the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades, response operations are underway as search and rescue teams and response agencies continue efforts in disaster-affected communities. As of April 18, the shallow 7.8M earthquake that struck off the town of Muisne in northwestern Ecuador on Saturday destroyed over 800 buildings and affected another 608, mostly in the hardest hit provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas.

Overall, the earthquake has caused severe damage to the provinces of Manabí, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Los Ríos, Santa Elena, and Guayas, and prompted government officials to declare a national state of emergency.

In some of the most affected areas, water, electricity, and telephone services have yet to be restored. Télécoms Sans Frontières has been deployed to assess the telecommunications situation, where reports indicate that (as of April 17) less than half of the country’s communications lines are operational. Although electricity is gradually being re-established, only 41% of the population in Manabí has access to power.

At the time of the quake, the U.S. Geological Survey issued an Orange Pager alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses, as it was estimated that significant casualties and damage were likely and the disaster potentially widespread.

As of April 18 (1830 local time), the Secretaría Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos (Ecuadorian Secretariat for Risk Management) reports that the 7.8M earthquake resulted in 413 fatalities and more than 2,600 injuries. It is expected that the number of fatalities and injuries will rise due to ongoing search and rescue efforts.

Ecuador’s health system is also on maximum alert, with significant concerns related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues and preventing the spread of Zika in affected areas.

PDC is actively supporting the response efforts in Ecuador, and will continue to provide situational awareness products and decision support as events unfold. If you are an emergency manager or humanitarian assistance practitioner, and would like access to PDC’s DisasterAWARE (EMOPS) platform, click here for more information.

For more information about the 7.8M Ecuador Earthquake, click here.

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