Day 2: Flood and Earthquake

In conversations, it seems that few were conscious of the great earthquake risk that threatens Ecuador but we have heard that the communities in Portoviejo knew and were worried about flood risk. Only days before the earthquake, the Portoviejo River had flooded some houses above the embankments. This time it had been a “controlled” flood triggered by releases from the…

Day 2: The Transitional Plan

The protocols in place within the Secretaria de Gestion de Riesgos gave the mandate to the Army to coordinate the initial response but, as the event evolves, so will the role of the armed forces. On June 17 the official declaration of the state of emergency or “estado de excepcion” that was initiated shortly after the earthquake may…

Day 2: Portoviejo – Geotechnical Team

Day 2 of the mission was spent in Portoviejo, the regional capital of Manabi. The highlights of the day for the geotechnical subteam were microtemor testing and observing multiple bridge failures. On our drive to Portoviejo we passed over the Mejia bridge. This bridge was closed following the main earthquake, but has since reopened. From…

Day 1: Military response

In 2010, after the Maule earthquake, the Chilean government hesitated to deploy the army immediately in fear that their presence on the streets would resurrect ghosts of the past. It was only after the first civilian response became a patchy and disorganized affair that the Chilean Army was called to intervene and set things right. And so they did in record time. In Ecuador after the 2016 Muisne earthquake, the response…

Day 1: Manta

The team spent the first day of the mission in Manta. Hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre, the town recorded peak ground accelerations of 0.51g on April 16. We spent the morning surveying the restricted zone in Tarqui, and then onto lunch, where the whole team were envious of the size of Jorge’s selection! In the…

We’ve arrived in Manta!

We made it! All the team gathered at the airport in Quito and we were also joined by Major Manuel Querembas of the Army Corps of Engineers. Nina and Seb had spent a day in the city meeting with the Instituto Geofisico, the Instituto Geografico Militar, the International Federation of the Red Cross and INBAR, the association for bamboo…

Preparing for an EEFIT mission

By Fiona Hughes   On Thursday I will head out to Ecuador to partake in my first earthquake reconnaissance mission with EEFIT.  It is less than three weeks since I found out that I would be part of the team, so to say it has been a busy few weeks is an understatement! We will…

Meet the Team!

The EEFIT mission team will take off to Ecuador this coming week. The team is composed of three colleagues who specialise in structural engineering, three specialising in geotechnical engineering and two looking at socioeconomic impacts: Guillermo Franco (lead), Harriette Stone, Sebastian Kaminski, Jorge Lopez, Nina Jirouskova, Fiona Hughes, Bayes Ahmed and Darren Chen. Seven members…

EEFIT mission in Ecuador

A seven member EEFIT team will be heading out to the affected regions of Ecuador following the recent earthquake near the town of Muisne in Ecuador.

Stay tuned to hear about our trip!