Published on : Friday, April 22, 2016
The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that this time the epicentre was 100km (62 miles) north-northwest of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10km (six miles). It was not even a week when the country was hit by 7.8 magnitude quake and killed as many as 587 people.
Following three aftershocks during the night, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa tweeted that such tremors were expected and called on the country to “have strength”.
Correa’s socialist government, facing a mammoth rebuilding task at a time of greatly reduced oil revenues in the OPEC nation, said there was no lack of supplies, just problems with distribution that should be quickly resolved.
Correa has said Ecuador would temporarily increase some taxes, offer assets for sale and possibly issue bonds abroad to fund reconstruction after Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude quake. the estimated cost of damage is $2 billion to $3 billion.
Correa said the death toll would have been lower had Ecuadoreans respected stricter building regulations that were introduced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 300,000 people.
The United Nations and partners were to launch an appeal on Friday to help an estimated 350,000 people in need of aid.