Six earthquakes, with magnitudes between 1.8 and 2.9, were recorded this Saturday in the Ecuadorian province of El Oro, bordering with Peru, without so far reporting of victims or material damage.
According to the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School, the earthquakes were recorded in the course of about four hours, specifically at 16.46; 17.47; 20.00; 20.19: 20.27 and 20.32 local time.
"These events have magnitudes that are between 1.8 and 2.9," the Institute said in its Facebook social network profile.
He explained that the epicentral area of these small earthquakes is located very close to the city of Arenillas and, due to their superficial nature (depths less than 9 kilometers), they have felt "strong", according to the reports received.
"These earthquakes have their origin in cortical failures in the area," noted the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School, before noting that it is attentive to new telluric movements, and will report on the changes that can be registered.
Ecuador is located in the Pacific Belt or Ring of Fire, which concentrates some of the most important subduction zones in the world and is the scene of strong seismic activity.
In addition to Ecuador, the Belt, which is shaped like a horseshoe, includes a large number of countries such as Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Canada
In Ecuador's recent history there is a record of an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter open scale as the strongest earthquake.
The coastal province of Esmeraldas and its neighboring Manabí were the most hit by that earthquake on April 16, 2016, which left more than 670 dead, thousands of people affected, as well as millions of material losses.
That earthquake was also felt strongly in Andean areas, such as the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, and had thousands of aftershocks, according to the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School.