Supporting response and recovery in Ecuador after the April 16, 2016 M7.8 earthquake

On April 16, 2016, a magnitude 7.8 (Mw) earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador, causing heavy damage and casualties in a widespread area. At the time of writing of this post, hundreds of buildings have been reported collapsed and more than 3,000 people have been affected. With such a striking impact, it is fundamental to respond efficiently and prepare for the recovery phase. This post aims at sharing some of these outcomes with the scientific and disaster risk reduction communities, hoping that they might prove useful in the identification of the regions where a higher level of damage is expected, as well as in the strategic planning of the recovery process.