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Hundreds Dead, Thousands Homeless After Quake In Ecuador

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#1 Helice

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 06:47 AM

The 7.8 magnitude quake that struck the nation on Saturday has left more than 350 people dead. Buildings and roads up and down the country's Pacific coast have been destroyed. 

 

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Thousands are homeless, and highways, air traffic control towers and buildings along the coast have collapsed. Rescue workers were working to find and aid survivors, while officials warned the general public of the perils of digging through the rubble.
 
Some of the hardest-hit areas in Ecuador are remote and impoverished.  Coastal tourist destinations were the most devastated, but the damage spans vast regions of Ecuador. Over 230 aftershocks  were felt, more than 100 miles from the epicenter.
 
 The commercial area, basically the heart of the city, is absolutely destroyed.
 
 
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The AP reports that there is a shortage of shelter in many earthquake-affected regions, leaving people sleeping outdoors. There are fears that even houses that are still standing might have been damaged and will later collapse.
 
Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, cut short a trip to the Vatican and flew to Portoviejo, one of the badly affected towns.
 
He spoke of the priority of finding survivors, the AP reports. Correa said  the number of dead will increase as aid workers reach isolated areas, but he also emphasized that there's reason to believe many more survivors will be found. 

 

Ecuadorean Vice President Jorge Glas has urged the people of Ecuador not to panic. He also exhorted them not to attempt to recover any belongings from collapsed buildings, saying the ruins are perilous and "life is more important."
 
The government has declared a state of emergency and is deploying army troops, firefighters and earth-moving equipment to search for survivors. However, access to the disaster zone has been hampered by landslides.

 

This earthquake follows closely after a series of strong earthquakes in Japan, a day earlier.

 



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:36 PM

It is interesting that death toll in Ecuador is far higher than Japan. While it is hard to compare earthquakes, this might indicate that they effec the poor more than the rich. Thearea in Japan where the earthquake struck is a tourist area with more substantial buildings The poor in Ecudor ould no aford such buildings.



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 07:27 AM

It is interesting that death toll in Ecuador is far higher than Japan. While it is hard to compare earthquakes, this might indicate that they effec the poor more than the rich. Thearea in Japan where the earthquake struck is a tourist area with more substantial buildings The poor in Ecudor ould no aford such buildings.

That may be part of it. The other part is that Japan is very experienced with earthquakes as they deal with them regularly in the country. They have long built their large buildings with isolation bases that generally prevent them from collapsing. Contrast that to the brick and plaster buildings you see in Ecuador. You could see the same thing happen here in the US, depending on where the quake hit, with large numbers of casualties as most areas simply aren't going to use the isolation technology that Japan uses.  But little chance doesn't mean no chance, as they can occur anywhere. Factoring in the risks though, it doesn't make much sense to build all your buildings with that sort of technology, especially when you're in the more rural areas. 



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 08:29 PM

It is true that those in disaster prone areas should build to combat the disaster. It is better to build earthquake resistant houses in an earthquake zone. But they are expensive and only possible for the rich. The poor often have no choice  but to build flimsy buildings. You see this in the Philippines. Their houses are destroyed each earthquake. But at least the houses are easier to replace than ore substantial brick buildings.





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