ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Guayaquil):

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General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-12 00:19
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 40.0 km
Maximum intensity: 4.2 (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
Tumbes PE 4.0 109000 27.4 clearly felt
Caleta Cruz PE 4.0 no data available 24.9 clearly felt
San Jacinto PE 4.0 no data available 33.3 clearly felt
Aguas Verdes PE 3.9 9000 45.5 weakly felt
Zorritos PE 3.9 12000 29.0 weakly felt
Huaquillas EC 3.8 40000 47.0 weakly felt
Machala EC 3.3 198000 78.7 weakly felt
Santa Rosa EC 3.3 42000 76.8 weakly felt
Pasaje EC 3.0 45000 94.3 weakly felt
La Libertad EC 2.6 76000 134.4 barely felt

Current earthquake activity near Guayaquil:

Due to lack of data no comparison with long-term trends is possible for this region.


Since 1960, 369 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 4.6 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 6.17 earthquakes larger than M4.6 per year around Guayaquil. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 1.9 months (57 days).

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

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
1970-12-10 7.2 25
1981-5-6 6.4 33
1996-8-5 6.3 33
2005-5-21 6.3 40
2021-7-30 6.2 34
2019-3-31 6.2 18
2018-9-7 6.2 110
2013-8-12 6.2 10
1982-8-26 6.1 70
1963-3-4 6.1 15

*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.