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Earthquake Demolishes Ecuador

Citizens searching through the debris to find friends and family.

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Citizens searching through the debris to find friends and family.

Edie Kosmo, Staff Reporter

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A major earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast leaving over 2,500 people injured or killed.

On April 16th, 2016 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit the coast of Ecuador. As a result of aftershock, another quake hit soon after. This is the strongest earthquake that has hit South America in decades leaving many people dead and injured. Most of the damage was done in the coastal Manabí Province where roughly 200 people were found dead. Confirmed by Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa the total number of deaths recorded from the massive quake was over 480 but are expected to increase while the search for more bodies continue.

The powerful earthquake demolishes neighborhoods.

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The powerful earthquake demolishes neighborhoods.

The 40 second quake left over 350 buildings destroyed and many homes inhabitable. “It looks like a war zone,” Ecuador citizen Ms. Baquezea said to the New York Times by telephone from Portoviejo. “It’s incredible what has happened to us — that our city is destroyed and we’re experiencing such anguish and pain. We don’t have food or water, there are no supermarkets, and we’re surviving with what we had in our homes,” she added. The earthquake left the entire country of Ecuador in a state of shock. While families and friends search for their loved ones, others are just thinking about the future and how and where are they going to live after this treacherous disaster.

In order to help the residents of Ecuador, President Correa has ordered over 10,000 police and soldiers to build mobile hospitals, search for anymore survivors, and to build temporary shelters for the victims. Though the earthquake destroyed 19 miles of Ecuador, there is still hope that the country will make a come back with full force.

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