Three large earthquakes hit off the coast of Ecuador's Santa Elena province in the early hours (local time) of Sunday, March 31. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a 6.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 00:04 around 27 km (17 mi) north of La Libertad (Santa Elena province), followed shortly by a 5.0-magnitude earthquake at 00:08, and a 5.4-magnitude quake at 00:28. No tsunami warnings or watches were issued by the US Tsunami Warning System, though the proximity to shore may have caused large and undetectable waves. Reports regarding damage and casualties have not emerged as of 01:00. Further aftershocks and associated damage are likely in the coming hours and days.
Individuals in Ecuador are advised to anticipate aftershocks and associated damage and disruptions to infrastructure, transportation, and power.
In the event of further earthquakes and aftershocks, individuals should protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls (ideally in a corner), and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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