On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off of Ecuador’s central coast. It was the deadliest earthquake to strike the South American country in decades. The tremor was centered 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) southeast of the coastal town of Muisne. The cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales saw the most devastation but damage was widespread throughout the country. The death toll soared to 413 and at least 2,527 people were injured. Damage to buildings and other infrastructure is extensive.
On Friday, April 15th, 2016, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck north of the city Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan. This was followed by 680 aftershock earthquakes; more than 89 have registered in the 4.0 to 6.2 magnitude range, strong enough to shake buildings. Hundreds of people in the Kumamoto area of southwestern Japan are living in their cars and in the streets, afraid to return to damaged homes. Authorities confirmed 48 fatalities and about two dozen people are known to be still buried beneath wreckage. At least 1,500 people were injured.