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Ecuador: Earthquake: 1998/08 Country Information on DRR

Period 1998/08
Country or District Ecuador
Event Type Earthquake
Outline Earthquake with the magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter Scale, hit the NE Pacific coast of Ecuador, on Tuesday, 4 August 1998, at 13h59 (local time).The coastal towns of Bahia de Caraquez (40,000) and San Vicente are the most affected areas.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No.3 Aug14
In Bahia de Caraquez, 8 buildings (between 3 and 9 stories high) have been found with structural damage, including the main hospital, the telephone company, and a public bank. Damage in the housing sector 357 destroyed and 743 damaged. Aftershocks occurred 415 times.
Ecuador - Earthquake
Three persons have died and 40 have been injured. Approximately 60% of existing buildings have been severely affected in Canoa the most affected community. 1,000 persons lost their homes in the town of Canoa. Water supply remains the most critical problem. Most of the affected population has no access to safe water.
Ecuador - Earthquake
40 homes and a few buildings have collapsed. Electricity has been cut and the telephone service is down.

Ecuador - Triple quake
The third and strongest earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale, left 3 people dead, some 150 injured. The third and strongest earthquake damaged 400 houses, and cut electricity and water supplies.

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Tsunami didn't happen,but most people in coast took refuge for fear of Tsunami.

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IFRC Report 13 Aug 1998
Distribution of the Ecuadorian Red Cross relief supplies continues in the coastal province of Manabi.

[ERI Emergency Relief Information]

OCHA Situation Report No.2 Aug6
150 aftershocks have been registered since the strong earthquake of 4 August 1998.

OCHA Situation Report No.3 Aug14
Some areas of Bahia de Caraquez remain without electricity and telephone service. Public and commercial activities are slowly being resumed. Most of the population is still sleeping in open spaces frightened by the occurrence of a series of aftershocks (415 so far).

OCHA Situation Report No.1 Aug15