Yesterday’s strong earthquake in Ecuador occurred on the part of the coast where Diane and I lived. We have friends who are injured and in the hospital. Information, as you can imagine, is sketchy but things are not good. Significant property damage in our former area. Facebook is being used to relay some information about those who are both injured and safe.
These are incredibly challenging times for the inhabitants of that area as emergency response capabilities are minuscule and it is up to friends and neighbors to help each other without the benefit of the sort of emergency equipment and trained staff available in the states. Hospital capabilities, in that part of the country, already marginal by U.S. standards, will now be additionally challenged. Heavy equipment is sparse, to say the least.
Ecuadorians are tough, resilient and incredibly resourceful. I am very sorry that those characteristics will be called upon under such circumstances.
Diane and I are both stunned and feel completely helpless.