21 April 2016
An earthquake recently hit the country of Ecuador killing over 480 people and injuring over 4000 people. According to Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño, it is the worst disaster the country has faced in 60 years. He said. “We’re facing the most difficult phase right now, which is rescuing victims and recovering bodies.”
As at the time the earthquake occurred, it was revealed that 257 people were killed and 2527 injured but as they continue to search through the rubbles, more bodies are being discovered. “We’re removing debris, and we will very likely find more bodies,” Patiño told reporters. “It’s going to take us years to recover from this.” Rescue crews and aid from Latin America and beyond have poured into the South American nation since the earthquake, which caused widespread damage throughout the country, but especially on the coast.
The earthquake is the deadliest to hit Ecuador since March 1987 when 1,000 people died in a 7.2-magnitude temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Another earthquake in 1949 killed 5,000 people, Patiño told reporters Tuesday.
The country which is known largely for its tourist attraction, lost 200 Tourists. Hundreds of buildings collapsed in tourist areas.