Earthquakes in Ecuador – level 3

23-05-2016 07:00

Captured on camera – footage of an earthquake in Ecuador showing people scrambling on the streets as the ground beneath them shakes. Two quakes struck the South American country, resulting in one death and light damage in the same region where a magnitude 7.8 tremor killed more than 650 just last month. In comparison, these tremors measured 6.7 and 6.8 in magnitude according to the US geological survey.

Visibly distressed, the footage shows Ecuadoreans in commotion and traffic stopping to a standstill.

Unlike the devastating earthquake in April, this tremor only caused light injuries and one fatality for which the cause remains unclear. The tremors caused minor damage, mainly hitting infrastructure that had already been destroyed in the April disaster, which made nearly 29,000 Ecuadoreans homeless and claimed the lives of many.

The fearful reaction seen in the footage shows the continued effects of the last earthquake on the people of Ecuador.

Difficult words: scramble (to move fast in panic), magnitude (the strength), tremor (an earthquake), commotion (in panic), fatality (a death), minor (small), infrastructure (the roads, power supplies, and buildings that people need).



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