On Sunday two powerful earthquakes shook Ecuador, particularly the coastal region that was ravaged by a potent earthquake in mid April.
The seismic wave trembled from the coastal city Guayaquil to Andean metropolises like Quito and Riobamba.
According to the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School’s first report (subject to change) the earthquake struck at 9 p.m., reached 5.9 magnitude and originated about eight kilometers below the earth’s surface.
The tremor hit 15 kilometers from the town of Muisne in the south of the province of Esmeraldas, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 16.
Ten minutes after the first quake, a second, 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the same Muisne region.
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, urged the country to remain calm following the sizeable earthquakes.
As reported by Peru21, “Two strong aftershocks centered in Muisne. Everyone must remain calm. A hug to all of Esmeraldas,” said Correa via his Twitter account.
President Correa later added that they had not activated the tsunami warning.
The April earthquake left 660 people dead and displaced another 20,000.