Earthquakes Strike Equador and Japan Leaving 100,000 Displaced

Photo Courtesy of latimes.com

Photo Courtesy of latimes.com

At least 100,000 people are still believed to be living in emergency accommodation, some living in cars surviving cold temperatures from  the earthquakes that occurred in Ecuador and Japan, reported bbc.com.

The 7.8-magnitude quake, which struck Saturday April 16, 2016, has killed at least 413 people, officials said Monday. More than 2,500 more were injured, stated cnn.com.

“The hardest-hit area of the South American nation was the coastal Manabi Province,”said Ricardo Peñaherrera of Ecuador’s National Emergency Management Office.

The cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales, a tourist destination, saw the most devastation, but damage was widespread throughout the country, added al jazeera.com.

“It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of tragedy. Every time we visit a place, there are more problems,” Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa stated.

Correa estimated the disaster had exactly $2 billion to $3 billion of damage and could knock 2 to 3 percentage points off expansion, meaning the economy will certainly decrease this year. Decreased oil revenue had already abandoned the poor nation of 16 million people facing near-zero growth and reduced investment, cited reuters.com.

Along with the ecuador earthquake, a 5.8 earthquake hit Japan on April 15, 2016, stated time.com.

The Japanese island of Kyushu in the country’s south was hit by an earthquake that killed at least nine people, injured hundreds of others and caused significant damage. Measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, the quake mainly affected the town of Mashiki on the outskirts of Kumamoto city, reported reuters.com.

“Both Japan and Ecuador are located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which spans the coasts lining the Pacific Ocean. The regions along the Ring of Fire are prone to earthquakes, but it’s extremely rare for an earthquake on one side of the world to trigger earthquakes on the other,” said Ross Stein CEO and co-founder of Temblor.net.

If you would like to donate to earthquake relief visit the following links.

Ecuador- http://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/ecuador-earthquake/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGEQ-N16V_GGLEQ-NB

Japan- http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support/