Eduardo Leal

Documentary Photographer
    
Afterquake
Location: Macau, China
Nationality: Portuguese
Biography: Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Macau, China, that focus his work mostly in South East Asia. Previously he worked for several years in South America. He graduated in Journalism at Escola Superior de Jornalismo (ESJ)... read on
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Afterquake
Credits: eduardo leal
Date of Work: 08/16/16 - 11/15/16
Updated: 11/24/17
Location: Ecuador

On the 16th April 2016 at 18:58 local time, the earth became alive for 75 seconds in Ecuador. An earthquake of the magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale hit the Manabí province and created a path of chaos and destruction on most of the Ecuadorian coast. The most affected provinces were Manabí and Esmeraldas, which are also some of the most impoverished areas in the country, with a million and half of people living, which represents around 10% of Ecuador population.

From this catastrophe resulted in thousands of displaced, injured and a final number of 671 people killed, including the victims of the replica that again shook the earth on the 18th May 2016. 

The government is trying to help the most it can, but facing a financial crisis connected to the drop of oil prices, the help is not going as quick as the population wished and with it comes criticism where mostly are tired of waiting. With all the inherent problems to a catastrophe of this magnitude people of Ecuador demonstrate there resilience and that they are eager to move on with their lives despite all the difficulties.

This is Ecuador, six months after the ground became alive.



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