Earthquakes continue here

Last Saturday the northern Pacific coast of Ecuador experienced its largest quake of the last few decades, 7.8 on the Richter scale. It killed about 600 people and injured many thousands, and destroyed cities and roads. Luckily it did only minor damage in the biggest coastal city, Guayaquil, and in Quito. But the situation is desperate, with many homeless and hungry people.

Unfortunately, aftershocks are continuing. I felt several strong ones here in Banos last night, and I see now on the news that these were magnitude 6.2 aftershocks on the coast. There is no danger here but these will endanger rescue and relief work on the coast, as shattered buildings can break up and shed debris during such powerful aftershocks.

Lou Jost

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