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Earthquake in Ecuador

April 17, 2016

On April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Ecuador, approximately 150 miles northwest of the capital city Quito. Several strong aftershocks ranging from 5.5 to 7.4 on the Richter scale have occurred since the initial quake, and more aftershocks are predicted through the remainder of the day. Approximately 70 people have died and over 600 individuals have been injured, largely in Ecuador's coastal areas. Authorities have sent emergency services to the affected regions to help with relief efforts and assistance. 

A tsunami alert was initially issued for the coast of Ecuador, as well as northern Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia. That alert has now been lifted.

All IFSA-Butler students in Ecuador are accounted for and doing well. Our resident director in Ecuador, Daniel Bryan, reported that the group is currently in their Amazon communities; therefore, they were not directly affected by the earthquake. 

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any relevant updates as necessary.

For additional information, please see the following reports:

BBC

USA Today

New York Times

Please feel free to contact IFSA-Butler if you have any questions or concerns.

 
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