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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ecuador Earthquake - 7.8 April 16, 2016 18:58:36

In a brief moment, nature's powerful forces changed the lives of many people forever !  During this emotional time our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and their families, many who have lost family members, their homes and  belongings.  

On April 16, 2016 at 7:00 p:m  a devastating 7.8 earthquake ( the worst in decades )  hit Ecuador causing significant damage along the central coast of Ecuador. Official records reflect more than 700  fatalities and 30,080  injured. Over 50,000 people remain in temporary shelters while some 720,000 are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 7,100 buildings were destroyed and another 2,800 were damaged. More than 1458  aftershocks have been recorded since April 16, up to  6.8  magnitude.

The cities of Manta, Portoviejo, Pedernales, and Bahia de Caraquez , saw the most devastation. Images from around the country show huge piles of rubble, collapsed roads and rescuers rushing to help.

A first hand account of the experience in a high-rise building  " At this point I felt terror…not fear, not scared…terror. I believed we were going to die!  The only thing I didn't know was exactly when and how much it might hurt. I could only think that the other 7 floors above us were part of the booming and thunderous Armageddon roar in my ears; floors pancaking downward toward us, and we would be smashed any second. The roaring sound was deafening. There was no protection from the concrete floors above us; floors that I believed were giving way ....  glass was shattering around us, tile was buckling and popping, sharp ceramic shards underneath us.  Everything was moving violently . It was a 50 second quake .... an eternity with this huge building swaying violently above us. Then suddenly it all stopped ....  the silence was deafening "

Survivors need access to emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance.  We believe that the organizations that are deeply rooted within the local communities are  in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. 
A week after the 7.8 magnitude quake shook, caused destruction worth billions of dollars and killed hundreds of people, the United Nations launched an urgent appeal for $72.7m from the international community.  $7.5 m has been received from the United Nations $2.8 from the US, $1.5 from Canada, and $1.3 from Sweden.  Colombia, Peru, Russia, Italy, Germany and Switzerland have all contributed. 

International donations have been weak and news coverage has been abysmal and usurped by the US elections and the death of the musician " Prince "   

We hope you will join us  in prayer, and support, for new beginnings for the lives of all those affected. May all of us find peace, joy and hope in the beautiful rainbows of our world.

News articles :      El Universo 

                              La Hora

                              El Telegrafo

                              El Noticiero

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