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Saturday, April 23, 2016

One week after earthquake. Headlines in Ecuador and around the world. April 2016.

Outpouring of support for victims of earthquake, local and international.

Bad construction is an aggravating factor of the earthquake
from the article:
Buildings had collapsed because of poor construction..Concrete cement was mixed with sea (beach) sand, that sand is too salty and affected the concrete strength...
Houses simply fell over themselves or violently inclined because the foundation could not bear to the upper floors...  Common sense in seismic areas indicates that the heaviest items should be down, solid foundation, and as you build up, you have to lighten the weight. Here(in affected areas) we see the opposite...
...They presented a plan for one floor ( to the municipio) and then built five more and no one knew. There were buildings that you thought they were going to fall without an earthquake....
This despite the fact that in 1998 there was an earthquake that hit Bahía de Caráquez and Canoe.In 2008 there was a conference in Bahia de Caraquez to determine what we learned from the earthquake of 1998 and look what happened now. They're going to take some steps but I think this is forgotten in a year.

Earthquakes keep hitting Ecuador. 782 replicas recorded after major quake on April 16 and until mid-day April 23rd.

These affected by earthquake are warned: No yelling, crying or complaining to public officials or you will be detained. If you can't keep calm in the presence of governments officials , we´ll send you to jail, whether you are old, young, a man or a woman.

Political Aftershocks. According to this article, civil society is doing the work that the government was not prepared for.

Over the last decade, the government made significant investments in infrastructure and education while depleting emergency funds set aside for disasters like earthquakes, analysts say. Spending on government salaries also ballooned as the government grew.
The President delivered the news on television: There would be an increase of two percentage points in the sales tax, a one-time garnishing of government wages for those earning more than $1,000 a month and the possible sale of government assets. He also announced a new personal wealth tax for millionaires........while the new taxes are expected to cover the costs of the earthquake, economists say larger economic problems still lie ahead for Ecuador.
Ecuador failed to save much income from the high energy prices for rainy days like these.
Mr. Hidalgo, the economist, said that between 2010 and 2013, the price of oil exceeded the government’s budget projections. Had it saved the surpluses from those years, it would now have a $7.5 billion cushion, according to his calculations.

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