In memory of August 5, 1949 – Ambato Ecuador

“In memory of” will highlight deadly earthquakes of the past.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.
We @ Earthquake Report are hopeful that people in these countries and cities will learn from their history and will make sure that they are building Earthquake Proof houses and that they know what to do when the earth will be shaking again.

Ambato was completely destroyed by a large earthquake M 6.8 on the afternoon of 5 August 1949.
Tragically, the entire city and surrounding villages were reduced to rubble; in total 50 towns and villages were destroyed. Six thousand people died, and thousands more were left homeless and destitute by the disaster.
Among the dead were a group of children preparing to receive their first communion  in the main church, and in the central Montalvo Park, the trees and flowers had disappeared into a rift in the earth. So many dead were found that there was not enough room in the city’s central cemetery for them all; these people were buried in remains of the park.
The entire city was rebuilt from the ground up and earthquake-proofing the city became a main concern of the inhabitants. (Source : Wikipedia)

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