Mw 6.9 Near the Coast of Ecuador
updated 7 August 2021

On 18 May 2016 a strong earthquake occurred near the Coast of Ecuador at a depth of 30 km. The seismic event occurred at 16:46:43 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 6.9.

Three alignments preceded the earthquake, most notably Venus-Mercury-Earth on the 13th and Sun-Mercury-Saturn on the 17th. Lunar geometry became critical on the 17th peaking 16 on the 18th and 19th. However, lunar geometry was exceptionally critical on the 15th, reaching more than 20 (22) on the index following the Venus-Mercury-Earth alignment. A strong earthquake already occurred earlier on the same day and in the same region.

Venus-Mercury-Earth      2016-05-13, 18:59:01  226°43'59"
Venus-Mercury-Mars       2016-05-17,  5:12:02  233°48'38"
Sun-Mercury-Saturn       2016-05-17, 21:33:02  252°23'24"
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry


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