Earthquake in Ecuador: a Quebecer and son among victims

laflamme-jennifer-mawnShe was a passionate travel, a citizen of the world. Her husband, their two children and she had traveled five of the six continents, and had put their suitcases in Ecuador recently. But on Saturday, this planet that Quebec family loved browse destroyed it forever. When the earth shook, Jennifer Mawn Arthur Laflamme and his son died, crushed by the roof of their house.

The four members of the Mawn-Laflamme family were at the family residence Saturday night. When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the west coast of Ecuador, the ceiling of their house collapsed. The father, Pascal Laflamme, Laurie-Ann and her daughter were able to extricate himself from the rubble. The mother and younger have not experienced the same fate.

Father Pascal Laflamme told TVA News that his son and talked to him by videoconference when the earthquake started. The connection was then lost. Two hours later, Pascal Laflamme allegedly sent a text message to his father to tell him that Arthur was dead and he was still looking for his wife. Finally, it is by telephone that he would have told her the death of Jennifer.

THE GLOBE-WALKERS

The Mawn-Laflamme family was a regular travel. “” We want to see a lot of countries, “told us children,” it said in the header of the blog that Jennifer fed for four years. A sentence that demonstrates that apple had not fallen far from the tree.

The family had expatriate in Mauritius in May 2011, after three and a half years in the island of Reunion. She also visited Europe, India, Australia and South Africa, to name a few. Recently, she moved to Ecuador where Pascal worked as a marketing manager for a residential project, Las Olas Ecuador. Jennifer was neuropsychologist and founder of Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic South Shore.

Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said he was “saddened by the loss of life” in a statement. He assured that the Canadian embassy would provide assistance to citizens affected by the earthquake; at least 1,023 Canadians are currently in Ecuador. He added that Canada would continue to “work with local authorities to assess the consequences and the needs on the ground.”

HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE

The earthquake that struck the province of Manabi left at least 262 dead and 2500 injured. The toll could continue to rise because many people were still missing last night. The epicenter is located in Pedernales, a tourist mecca of 40,000 inhabitants where some thirty hotels were destroyed.

The first quake occurred a few minutes before 19 pm Saturday. Up to 189 aftershocks followed. This is the largest earthquake in 40 years to hit Ecuador. Many damage was observed in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil, all located hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.

According to the Associated Press, more than 3000 packages of food and 8,000 sleeping bags were sent yesterday by Venezuela and Colombia. The European Union, Spain, Peru and Mexico have also pledged their support.

When tragedy struck, President Rafael Correa was at the Vatican. He cut short his trip and returned emergency in his country. On arrival yesterday, he declared a state of emergency. Beyond the destroyed buildings, major landslides have caused the closure of 12 major roads.

Authorities also announced that 180 inmates from a prison Portoviejo had escaped, enough to add to the anxiety of Ecuadorians already strongly shaken.

EARTHQUAKES OF THE CHAIN

Saturday evening, when the earthquake struck Ecuador, Peru knew the same fate with a magnitude 7.4 earthquake. However, there would be far no casualties. Yesterday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the Tonga islands in the Pacific. These earthquakes are reminiscent of last Thursday that rocked southwestern Japan and killed at least 41 people. These affected areas are located in the “Ring of Fire”, a meeting area of ​​tectonic plates.

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