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Tag: Earthquake Quito

  • Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 12:16 UTC

    Ecuador raises taxes to rebuild cities devastated by major earthquake which continues with aftershocks

    Late Wednesday, the government raised the death toll to 570 and climbing. Officials listed 163 people as missing while the number of homeless climbed over 23,500.

    President Rafael Correa announced Wednesday night that he is raising sales taxes and will charge a one-time levy on millionaires to rebuild cities devastated by Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades. In a televised address, Correa said damages from the 7.8-magnitude quake will likely run into the billions of dollars, adding to already heavy economic hardships triggered by the collapse in world oil prices.

  • Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 05:34 UTC

    Earthquake strikes Quito kills two and violently shakes buildings

    The country's Geophysics Institute said the quake occurred at a depth of five kilometers and was followed by a forceful aftershock.

    A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck the Ecuadorian capital Quito, triggering landslides that killed at least two people and violently shaking buildings and homes. Another eight people were injured and three others trapped in the landslides at quarries on the outskirts of Quito, the country's risk management agency said on Twitter.