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Mapping the coseismic effects of the Ecuador earthquake(s)

A team of Ecuadorian and French geologists has started to map the coseismic effects of the M7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador on 16 April, 2016. The quake occurred at a depth of about 20 km and caused more than 600 fatalities, mainly in the area near Muisne. Two strong aftershocks of M6.7 and M6.8 shook the epicentral area on 18 May, among hundreds of smaller shocks that were recorded. The mapping is coordinated by the Instituto Geofísico. First results show earthquake environmental effects like liquefaction, mud venting, and surface cracks. Some impressions from the field work can be found here:

http://www.igepn.edu.ec/servicios/noticias/1332-levantamiento-geologico-de-los-efectos-del-sismo-del-16-de-abril-en-la-zona-entre-esmeraldas-y-manta

If you are attending the PATA Days in Colorado, you will hear three talks on neotectonics and paleoseismology in Ecuador by Stéphane Baize, Laurence Audin, and Daniel Garces. Daniel will also give a special talk on the Geological effects of the 16 April, 2016, earthquake. See the PATA Days program here.

Thanks to Stéphane for pointing me to this.

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Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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