We had two powerful earthquakes this Wednesday, May 18:
A magnitude 6.7 on the Richter scale at 2:57 a.m., epicenter in the area of Mompiche, Esmeraldas province,
And new replica, magnitude of 6.8, was recorded at 11:46 a.m. also in Esmeraldas.
From 2:57 a.m. until 9 a.m., on May 18, 19 aftershocks were registered, the strongest was 5.6 (Richter scale) at 3 a.m., preceded by two of 5.4 and 4.8. So far there have been 1504 aftershocks after April 16th main earthquake.
My experience: it started around 3 a.m., I woke up because my bed was vibrating and Sashka, my dog, was howling. It stopped and started to shake again in a few minutes. I didn't move and went back to sleep. During the second quake I was in the shopping mall and didn't notice anything unusual.
I want to believe that both of my apartments in Quito located in quake-proof buildings. My Centro Historico apartment building was built in 1970, so it must be quake-proof, otherwise it would be destroyed long time ago. The North Quito apartment building where I live, built in 2010, was designed to be quake-proof.
So far so good, properties still standing in Quito and we are alive and well, only a little uneasy.