Ecuador Earthquake: Death Toll Rises After 7.8 Magnitude Quake


Ecuador, a small country right beneath Columbia that shares a border with Peru, started relief procedures on Sunday following its largest earthquake in years, which took the lives of more than seventy people (recorded), triggering destruction in seaside communities, and leaving an unknown number of people stuck in spoils.

The 7.8 scale tremor struck off the country’s coastline on the 16th of this month and was experienced across the neighbouring regions; creating fear in their head city Quito and destroying buildings throughout the large business city of Guayaquil.

Almost six hundred citizens were wounded. Furthermore, the north-western coastal line destinations that were first to be touched by the earthquake, ended up being the worst effected, particularly Pedernales, a vacationer location with seashores and palm trees. Due to the heavily damaged areas, communications were limited; transportation restrictions are also causing havoc. The death toll is at 75 with a reported 580 wounded, as they search for others. Ecuador has now declared a state of emergency in its 6 provinces.

UPDATE: The death tolls soar to 246, with more remaining unaccounted for in the rubble, and a further 2,527 injured. Soldiers patrol the streets as in Pedernales, where a majority of streets are blocked due to rubble and collapsed buildings. So far, 163 aftershocks have been reported.

Image Source: The BBC – Two survivors are pulled from a collapsed building in the city of Manta.
Image Source: The BBC – Manta has reported severe damage
Image Source: The BBC – Buildings also collapsed in Guayaquil
Image Source: The BBC – Some people in Guayaquil chose to sleep in parks.
Image Source: The BBC – Looking for survivors in Pedernales. Its mayor said the whole town had collapsed.


Sources: The Guardian, BBC

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