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Earthquakes Rock Japan and EcuadorInternational Medical Corps has deployed members of its emergency response team to support Japan’s efforts. The group is asking for donations. The crowdfunding organization Global Giving has also set up an earthquake relief fund for Kumamoto, Japan. Save the Children U.S. has a children’s emergency fund for the victims of the disaster.
The Ecuador Red Cross has teams on the ground providing first aid and searching for survivors. UNICEF has delivered 20,000 water purification tables to the area worst affected by the quake. UNICEF is also assessing the needs of children in the earthquake zone. World Vision has deployed an emergency response staff to assist with aid distributions and is setting up shelters. Samaritan’s Purse personnel are on the ground to help coordinate with churches and community officials.
There’s been a number of large earthquakes the last week or so, and a fair bit of news around it we wanted to summarize and get you info on.
There have been 9 earthquakes 5.7 and above in the 30 days, and even in Japan, 25 earthquakes in the last week over 4.0
Some of these are deep in the earth and don’t cause effect, but some of the larger one’s have been devastating. 42 reported Dead in Japan and over 350 in Ecuador (and rising).
First, big ones in Japan. As reported by the BBC,
Two powerful earthquakes hit the south-western island of Kyushu last week killing at least 42 people.
Japan’s meteorological agency has also warned that more tremors are likely to hit in the coming days.
More than 1,000 people are injured and there has been widespread damage to buildings, houses, roads and bridges.
About 30,000 rescue workers are looking for survivors. Police said 11 people are still missing, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Then, in Ecuador a massive 7.8 struck this Saturday and devastated the country with hundreds dead and billions in repair and rescue needed.
Many crews from around the world have poured into Ecuador and japan to help the thousands injured and still missing.
The BBC on the Ecuador Earthquakes,
The magnitude-7.8 quake struck on Saturday evening. Coastal areas in the north-west were closest to the epicentre. There have been about 230 aftershocks across the country.
A state of emergency has been declared and some 10,000 troops and 3,500 police have been deployed in the affected areas.
In Pedernales, close to the epicentre, as many as 400 people are feared dead. Mayor Gabriel Alcivar said the “entire town” had been flattened.
“Pedernales is devastated. Buildings have fallen down, especially hotels where there are lots of tourists staying. There are lots of dead bodies,” he told local media.
“We’re trying to do the most we can but there’s almost nothing we can do,” he added, warning that looting had broken out.
Photos from Ecuador
Find out more on the United State’s Geological Survey’s Site
Source: Earthquakes In The Last Week