Last Saturday, Ecuador experienced a high magnitude earthquake. Registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, the shockwaves were so strong that they reached Peru and Colombia. A tsunami alert was issued in Tumbes, Peru, and buildings were evacuated in some areas of Colombia.
Taking place at 7 pm, the earthquake originated in the north of Ecuador in Esmeraldas. The larger cities in Ecuador were those that were most affected, such as Quito and Guayaquil.
At least 1500 people were injured in the earthquake, and 272 people died. In response to the chaos, thousands of military personnel and police officers are working to regain order.
Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, was in Italy when the earthquake occurred. He quickly returned and has been working to take security measures such as closing oil pipelines and hydroelectric dams.
Peru has also responded to Ecuador´s distress by providing construction equipment and medical aid. Peru continues to send aid in various ways as Ecuador seeks to stabilize after this terrible event.