Salvation was carried out on the night of April 16, right after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador, centered on its sparsely populated fishing ports and tourist beaches, some 170 kilometers northwest of Quito, the capital.
(Soundbite) Rosa Cajamarca, Quake Victim
“The earthquake began to shake the earth. They came and told my older brother to quit and run. Why not come out, they said. They then picked us up, went out and shouted to Dad to come out. We came out a little bit late, but right before the house crumbled to the ground.”
The quake, the strongest in Ecuador since 1979, killed at least 77 people, injured over 588, flattened buildings, cracked highways along its Pacific coast and sent the Andean nation into a state of emergency.