“There have been no housing collapses or injured people, it has been an earthquake that has left no consequences… We visited the touristic sector and everything is fine," said Miriam Lucas, mayor of Playas.
The earthquake, although, not strong enough to trigger a tsunami, was felt in the provinces of Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Azuay, Pichincha, Galápagos, Morona Santiago, Loja, Zamora Chinchipe, Los Rios, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Santa Elena, Pastaza and El Oro, the National Risk Management Service said in a report.
Citizens of Guayaquil were evacuated from their homes and places of employment while various highways and tunnels around the city were temporarily closed by the Municipal Transit Agency (ATM).
It was the fourth quake of the day. Others were registered varying from 3.31 in Guayaquil to 3.77 in the Galapagos and 3.53 in the province of Manabi.
Located in the Ring of Fire, Ecuador is one of 15 countries particularly susceptible to the natural phenomenon. Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, United States, and Canada are also part of the horseshoe-shaped volcanic belt.