Earthquake in Ecuador

In response to the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement extending condolences to all those affected. Secretary Kerry said, "Teresa and I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life resulting from the earthquake today in Ecuador. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.”

Reports of local damage to buildings, bridges, and roadways quickly followed the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Secretary Kerry applauded the courage and skill of the first responders and of the talented Ecuadorian medical professionals, who are working hard to find survivors and save lives.

A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces (Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Manabí, Guayas, Los Ríos, and Santa Elena) along the western coast. While the majority of the country has power and cellular service, affected provinces may not have basic services restored, and there are many road closures. The United States is closely monitoring the situation and remains in close contact with Ecuadorian authorities.  In his statement, Secretary Kerry reaffirmed the United States’ support for Ecuador, stating “We stand by the people of Ecuador in this difficult time and are ready to assist in any way we can."  In its latest security messages to U.S. Citizens, both the U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil urged U.S. citizens in Ecuador who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their Social Media profiles. In the messages U.S. citizens traveling abroad were also urged to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at to receive all official messages and updates.

The U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil will be open for business on Monday, April 18.

U.S. citizens in Ecuador who need assistance can contact the U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil at 04-371-7000 or the U.S. Embassy Quito at 099-788-3222.

If you are in the U.S. and are calling about a U.S. citizen friend or family member, please call 1-888-407-4747.

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Washington, USA
April 18, 2016
Please ask how our awesome military and State resources, the largest in the world, can be of assistance to Ecuador. Our hospital ships should be there now. We should be flying in water and supplies. I know our bilateral relations have been strained. We have an opportunity here to provide for people in great need, and to show the people and government of Ecuador the depth of American generosity. Please.
James G.
California, USA
April 18, 2016
well said. We are missing a great opportunity to show the world who we are.
Rick D.
Florida, USA
April 18, 2016
My sentiments exactly. Where is all this humanitarian aid that so quickly gets extended to other countries half way around the world. Hello.... Please help the people of Ecuador affected by this earthquake.
Rodney H.
New Jersey, USA
April 19, 2016
While the Secretary of State's letter is of course welcome Mr Obama's silence is clear. If this were to happen in England God forbid, Obama would have a much different reaction. I applaud your comment James E, but the reality is the US has no interest in Ecuador.
Carola M.
April 19, 2016
Why you are not at Ecuador yet??? Help please.
Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
April 19, 2016
I think we should start making a device that will locate our citizen in other countries, where dangerous things could happen when their traveling, or staying in other countries. Some kind of warning device that will up dates travelers in that country on warnings/alerts in their area. Before, they go out and explore the country .
sean l.
Arizona, USA
April 29, 2016

How can someone from outside of US send donation to Ecuador victim? Governments should help people in need like those affected by earthquakes as well as monitoring earthquakes prone countries outside the US territory. This web site show information about how does an earthquake start

Juan R.
Virginia, USA
August 11, 2016
Ecuador should have the chance to receive TPS cause they are going through a really hard crisis and it will be a great opportunity to help them, creating more jobs for the middle class and inner cities around the country, the President of Euador raise the taxes from 12% to 14% which is very ridiculous and outragious for the citizens in order to survive
Volunteers search for survivors in the debris of buildings destroyed by an earthquake in Pedernales, Ecuador, April 17, 2016.
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