Hundreds Killed in Ecuador Disaster


On Saturday 16th April at 18.58 (23.58 GMT) a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador near the northern town of Musine.

It is confirmed that 235 people have been killed and speculated that at least 1500 more have been injured.

Over 130 aftershocks were reported following the earthquake, reeking chaos throughout the quake-zone – ravaging the northern coastline.

This is the biggest earthquake in Ecuador since the 8.2 rated Tumaco disaster in 1979, which killed up to 600 people.

Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas commented that the death toll is likely to continue to rise in the coming days and described the disaster as the ‘worst seismic movement we have faced in decades’. Speaking in President Correa’s absence as he flies home from Italy, Glas also said that around 10,000 military personnel and 3,500 police officers have been deployed to the quake zones.

Correa, following his declaration of a state of emergency, poignantly remarked, “roads and hospitals can be rebuilt; you cannot recover lost lives. That’s what hurts the most.”

Rescuers have tirelessly been pulling survivors from mounds of rubble on Sunday in dozens of locations where images show collapsed buildings, upturned cars, destroyed roads, and shocked and devastated communities.

Today many people gave their best wishes on social media for both the Ecuadorian earthquake as well as the Japanese one that hit similarly this past week and again this weekend.

Although the death and injury toll is minimal in comparison to Ecuador, it is reported 42 people have died and up to 44,000 people were evacuated from the homes on Thursday evening in the southern town of Mashiki amid fears of further quakes.


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