In earth tremor measuring six to seven on the Mercali Scale hit the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador on Monday (18 August) causing several buildings to collapse.
GV PAN City of Guayaquil in Ecuador showing shanties and skyscrapers.
GV Traffic ZOOM IN damaged buildings and wreckage in street. (3 SHOTS)
CU Car number plate PAN TO damage in roadway.
SV & GV Damaged apartment building with ruble in street. (2 SHOTS)
CU Bus stop PULL BACK to show rubble on street.
GV & SV Policeman and debris in street.
GV Wrecked buildings and crowds in streets.
SV Hospital sign PULL OUT to crowds outside. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: In earth tremor measuring six to seven on the Mercali Scale hit the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador on Monday (18 August) causing several buildings to collapse. Seven people were killed.
SYNOPSIS: It was mid-morning in Guayaquil, an important port 260 miles (410 kms) south-east of the capital , Quito, when the earthquake struck. The tremors were felt across the wide area of Ecuador, but the epicentre was calculated to be the Guayas river on the outskirts of Guayaquil. Several people were buried when a market collapsed and among other buildings which were damaged were a number of apartments. The final toll of casualties in the city was put at seven dead and forty injured.
The tremors lasted fro about thirty seconds but the damage to the city was confined to the eastern suburbs, which are mainly residential.
The authorities immediately declared a state of emergency ni the area and began an airlift of medical and essential supplies. Military equipment was rushed to the city to help in clearing-up operations and to rectors power supplies.
It took several hours for the victims to be recovered from some of the wrecked apartment buildings. It was at first feared that the death toll would be higher. Authorities in Guayaquil said casualties were relatively light because most people in the badly-hit residential district were at work. Nevertheless, a mass evacuation of offices and other taller buildings in the city was ordered in case of further tremors.
Guayaquil's emergency services centred around the city hospital, where a large number of off-duty doctors and nurses returned to deal with the arrival of casualties. Emergency preparations have been kept on alert for fear of other earthquake tremors, but no other shocks have since registered at the Quito Astronomical Observatory. Nevertheless, Ecuador's costal provinces remain under a state of emergency.