Magnitude 6.9 quake rattles Ecuador

Posted: August 12, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Magnitude 7.1 ECUADOR August 12, 2010
Magnitude 7.3 VANUATU August 10, 2010

WASHINGTON — A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at 4:54 a.m. ET (1154 GMT) and was centered 87 miles east of Ambato, at a depth of 115 miles.

The USGS initially reported the quake as 6.7 magnitude, then revised the strength to 7.2, before putting the figure at 6.9.

A scientist at the USGS said it was too early to know whether the earthquake was particularly destructive.

“It is a fairly large number,” Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the USGS, told msnbc.com. “That said, this is a relatively deep earthquake,” she added.

At the Hotel Ambato, Ecuador the front desk reported the quake was felt and it shook up hotel guests who came down to the lobby, but there were no reports of damage.

A call to a small backpacker’s hotel in the small town of Tena, which is east of Ambato, also reported that a quake was felt, but there were no damages there either.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a tsunami did not appear to be generated, based on historical models.

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