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April 21, 2016


Earthquake—Pedernales, a Shrimp Farming Town




Pedernales—where billboards boast it is at “latitude zero,” right on the equator—was still reeling four days after the quake.  Its shrimp farming industry, which accounts for three-quarters of the local economy, was devastated when pond banks ruptured, causing shrimp to drain out.


On the coast, just sixty kilometers south of the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on Saturday, April 16, 2014, Pedernales has a population of around 50,000.


Also See


Ecuador—Reports from Shrimp Farmers on the Earthquake


Ecuador—80% of Shrimp Ponds in Manabi Province Face Earthquake Losses


Source: The Wall Street Journal.  Ecuador Is Hard-Pressed to Pay for Earthquake Recovery.  Sara Schaefer Muñoz and Ryan Dube (  April 20, 2016.

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