ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Quito):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-06 05:34
Magnitude: 3.7
Depth: 5.0 km
Maximum intensity: 3.9 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Cumbal CO 2.7 8000 19.2 barely felt
Tulcán EC 2.5 86000 24.8 barely felt
Carlosama CO 2.5 2000 24.1 barely felt
El Ángel EC 2.4 4000 21.8 barely felt
Aldana CO 2.3 2000 27.5 barely felt
Ipiales CO 2.1 78000 33.4 barely felt
Ibarra EC 1.3 133000 55.6 not felt
Quito EC 1.0 1400000 133.1 not felt
Mocoa CO 1.0 22000 148.0 not felt
Santo Domingo de los Colorados EC 1.0 200000 181.6 not felt

Current earthquake activity near Quito:

In the past 30 days, 14 earthquakes of magnitude 3.7 or higher were detected in Colombia-Ecuador Border Region (see map section). Therefore, the earthquake activity of the past month has been much higher relative to long-term trends (more than 20% deviation).


Since 1960, 130 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 3.7 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 2.18 earthquakes larger than M3.7 per year around Quito. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually very high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 5.5 months (165 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Quito and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
2016-4-16 7.8 21
1979-12-12 7.7 24
2012-9-30 7.3 170
1987-3-6 7.2 10
2013-2-9 6.9 145
2016-5-18 6.9 30
2016-5-18 6.7 16
1976-4-9 6.7 9
1983-11-22 6.6 55
1990-9-2 6.6 14

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks and glass can harm you. After the shaking stopped: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before professional savety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbours if necessary.
If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care for eldery people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbours, friends and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.