Classes were suspended yesterday in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi, due to two earthquakes of 5.9 and 6.2 magnitude on the Richter scale, whose epicenter was located in the Muisne Island.
Muisne was the most affected sector by the earthquakes recorded at 21:01 and 21:11 of Sunday, that according to the Geophysics Institute, were aftershocks of the earthquake of last April 16. Dozens of families went to shelters or stayed with relatives.
President Rafael Correa visited the island and announced the declaration of a new state of emergency, but only for the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas. After the April earthquake this state was in force for the entire country for 60 days and was renewed last month.
“All citizens went to the safe area, after the aftershocks they made revisions to their homes, this tells us that we are assimilating the culture of prevention,” said Susana Duenas, Secretary of Risk, according to the website of the agency.
Two injured people and about 100 medical visits were recorded after the two earthquakes that occurred in Esmeraldas. According to reports submitted to the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) of Esmeraldas, Olinda Quinonez died of a heart attack due to the tremors. The Risk Management of the Municipality of Muisne reported the death of Isacio Zamora Giler, 70, who suffered a deadly tumble.