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Earthquake in Ecuador

 

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On April 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, issued an alert regarding the Earthquake in Ecuador:

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On April 16, a 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador’s central coast. The quake was centered 27 kilometers (16 miles) south-southeast of Muisne, Ecuador. A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces (Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Manabí, Guayas, Los Ríos, and Santa Elena) along the western coast.

The Vice President of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency in 6 provinces on the coast (Esmereldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo). There are reports of fatalities in Pedernales, Canoa, Portoviejo, Manta and Guayaquil. Electricity is being systematically restored in the country, including the coastal region.

The U.S. Embassy in Quito is working with the Ecuadorian authorities to verify the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens in the area at the time of the earthquake.

The U.S. Mission is aware of significant damage caused by the April 16 earthquake, and continues to closely monitor the situation. Some areas of the country have been badly damaged and are difficult to reach at this time.

All major airports in Ecuador are operating, apart from Eloy Alfaro International Airport, which is located on the outskirts of Manta in the province of Manabí in western Ecuador. However, some flights have been delayed or cancelled. U.S. citizens should check with their airlines for the latest flight status.

A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces (Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Manabí, Guayas, Los Ríos, and Santa Elena) along the western coast. While the majority of the country has power and cellular service, affected provinces may not have basic services restored, and there are many road closures. The Government of Ecuador posts the most up-to-date information on the status of recovery efforts athttp://www.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/. The U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil will be open for business on Monday, April 18. U.S. citizens with emergencies should use the contact information below.

We urge U.S. citizens in Ecuador who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their Social Media status, and we strongly encourage U.S. citizens traveling abroad to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov so that you receive all official messages.

U.S. citizens in Ecuador who need assistance can contact the U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil at 04-371-7000 or the U.S. Embassy Quito at 099-788-3222.

If you are in the U.S. and are calling about a U.S. citizen friend or family member, please call 1-888-407-4747 or email us at EcuadorEmergencyUSC@state.gov .

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