The Foreign Ministry has no reports of Uruguayans affected by the earthquake that caused 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries and is monitoring the situation.
At the moment it is unknown if there are Uruguayans affected by the earthquake of magnitude 6.5 registered this saturday in Ecuador and that left a salt of fifteen deadas reported by the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry.
The death toll for the fort earthquake that shook Ecuador and Peru on Saturday it rose to 15, according to the latest official balance. The magnitude 6.5 earthquake was recorded at noon on Saturday with its epicenter in the Ecuadorian municipality of Balao (southwest), near the border with Peru, leaving 360 buildings destroyed.
In Ecuador, at least 14 people died in the provinces of El Oro and Azuay, the most affected, reported the Ecuadorian Presidency. While, in Peru, the government of the department of Tumbes, on the border with Ecuador, said that a four-year-old girl died in the city of Tumbes due to a brick hitting her head.
According to Geophysical Institute of Ecuador The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.5. The Peruvian seismological authorities initially reported a magnitude of 7.0, but hours later they lowered it to 6.7; he United States Geological Survey (USGS) encrypted it in 6.8.
Ecuadorian President William Lasso, toured the affected territories on Saturday and promised that the emergency will be dealt with “immediately”. “The government has made available” all the economic resources urgently so that (…) work begins to address the damage caused to private and public buildings, “he said in a meeting with local politicians.
Both the Uruguayan embassy in Quito and the Uruguayan Consulate in Guayaquil are closely monitoring the dramatic situation that is taking place and, for the moment, they have not received any notification that Uruguayans are among the injured or fatalities.
Pope Francis’ request
From the Vatican, the Pope Francisco He called to pray for the victims and all the victims in his traditional Angelus prayer. “In Ecuador, an earthquake caused deaths, injuries and extensive damage. I am close to the Ecuadorian people and I assure you of my prayers for those who died and for all those who suffer,” he said.