Shaking Up Ecuador

      On April 16, Ecuador was struck with a destructive earthquake. It had a 7.8 magnitude and one of its aftershocks reached a 4.6 magnitude. This earthquake left the cities of Guayaquil and Portoviejo in ruins. Bridges and homes collapsed, and people were trapped under all the wreckage. Over four hundred forty people were killed, four thousand injured, and between three and five thousand left homeless.

      Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño stated that it would take years to recover from this devastating earthquake. He considers now the most difficult part of recovery, searching for the bodies and making rescues. While local services are doing that job, organizations from around the world are sending supplies to the Ecuadorean people. Tents, sleeping mats, and bug nets have been sent for the homeless. Other problems have arisen due to the earthquake; for example, one jail's wall collapsed, allowing prisoners to escape. Ecuador's government has to handle their people's suffering and other crises that come up because of the disaster.

This article tells about how the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team maps out Ecuador's before and after to show the most impacted neighborhoods.

This article explains how, despite many people's worries, the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador weren't related. Since they were only a day apart, many believed that Japan's triggered Ecuador's, which isn't true.

This article gives witnesses' insight to the earthquake in its most dangerous spot. The epicenter is the strongest place of the earthquake, and in Ecuador, not much around the epicenter is in tact.