On April 17th a massive 7.8 Earthquake hit 12 miles off the Ecuador Coast The very large thrust earthquake was centered approximately 27 km (17 mi) from the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in a sparsely populated part of the country and 170 km (110 mi) from the capital Quito, where it was felt strongly.
At least 413 people were killed and at least 2,527 others were injured in the earthquake. It was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since the 1949 Ambato earthquake. At least 41 fatalities occurred in Manta, Portoviejo, and Guayaquil, all of which are located hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.President Rafael Correa stated that the reconstruction would cost “billions of dollars.
This very short post is mainly for my friends and family living outside of Ecuador. I’ve already received calls and email to see how you might help. The following is a good link
For my friends in Ecuador that are over 65 you might consider suspending your IVA refunds for a year. I will be doing this making my contribution just over $700 for the year. It’s money that I don’t need to live on and for sure the Ecuadorian government will need for Earthquake relief.
The picture below is of a dog that would not leave his destroyed owners house.