Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ecuador Earthquake: How Serious Is It?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ecuador Earthquake: How Serious Is It?

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The massive earthquake that struck Ecuador Saturday was 16 times more powerful than one of the two temblors that struck Japan over the weekend, leaving the Latin American country relatively calm, but in desperate need of help.

The magnitude 7.8 quake killed at least 350 people, left more than 2,000 injured and left up to 100,000 in need of some kind of help as surrounding countries and international relief organizations rallied to provide aid.

The Spanish Red Cross estimated around 3,000 to 5,000 people would require temporary housing.

Ecuador's Geophysics Institute said around 230 aftershocks had occurred by Sunday night that varied in magnitude from 3.5 to 6.1 and hit at shallow depths - which tend to be more damaging, according to the Associated Press.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, who returned early from a visit to Italy, observed the damage in the coastal province of Manabi on Sunday night.

"Ecuador has been hit tremendously hard," President Correa said in a televised address as his voice cracked, adding that he was concerned the death toll would rise.

Governmental and aid organizations began emergency assistance in the form of finances, supplies, and search and rescue teams, with many detailing ways individuals around the world could assist.

Nations including Venezuela, Chile, and Mexico have sent personnel and supplies.

The Ecuadorean Red Cross has more than 800 volunteers and staff working on the crisis and Medecins Sans Frontieres is sending a team from Colombia, Reuters reported.

For people wanting to help, the list included monetary donations, blankets and machinery according to Bustle.

By Sunday, teams from relief organizations around the world, including UNICEF, Oxfam, and the Red Cross, were gearing up to help Ecuador. Some organizations, like CARE, set up specific donation portals for the Ecuador cause, while others asked concerned people to donate to a general relief fund. …

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