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A 4.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador.

Image Credit: Zenrin Earthstar Geographics

A few minutes ago, a strong 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific Ocean, 49 km southwest of Manta Ecuador, Ecuador at a shallow depth of 5km, 16:05 local time.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised in the next few hours as seismologists review their data. Based on preliminary data it is believed that the earthquake have not caused a lot of damage.

Moderate shaking was most likely felt in Montecristi (pop. 18,400) located 35 km from the epicenter, Manta Ecuador (pop. 183,200) 37 km away, and weak shaking in Jipijapa (pop. 35,900) 42 km away. Other towns or cities that might have felt a weak shaking in Sucre (pop. 15,300) located 57 km from the epicenter, Santa Ana (pop. 12,800) 62 km away, Rocafuerte (pop. 10,300) 62 km away, Caracas (pop. 37,100) 88 km away, and Bolivar (pop. 17,300) 94 km away.

Update: Revised to 4.9 from 5.0-magnitude. It was initially 5.2-magnitude according to Institute of Geophysics of the National Polytechnic School in Quito (IGEPN) but was revised later on.

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