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New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

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A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy

State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots

January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake

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AFTERMATH. A man passes by debris from a collapsed house in Manta, Manabi, Ecuador, April 22, 2016. Photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

The official toll from the quake now stands at 602 dead and 130 missing

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 23, 2016) — New aftershocks rattled Ecuador on Friday, April 22, and hopes of finding survivors in the rubble all but evaporated, nearly a week after a huge earthquake that killed more than 600 people and injured thousands.

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Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looks on as he attends a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, April 20, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

The quake comes as a big economic blow to oil-producing Ecuador, which has already taken a huge hit from the drop in global crude prices

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 21, 2016) — Ecuador announced drastic economic measures late Wednesday, April 20, including a hike in some taxes and mandatory wage contributions, to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 500 people and injured over 5,000.

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Aid groups rush to quake-hit Ecuador, families still trapped

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AFTER THE QUAKE. A photo made available on April 19, 2016 shows locals spending the night outdoors due to fear of aftershocks after the 16 April 7.8 magnitude earthquake, in Manta, Ecuador, April 18, 2016. Photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Hopes that more survivors would be found in the heaps of rubble and twisted metal that used to buildings wane at the crucial 3-day point after the disaster 

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 20, 2016) — International rescuers and aid groups rushed on Tuesday, April 19, to help victims of Ecuador’s earthquake as searchers dug for families trapped in rubble 3 days after the disaster that killed more than 400 people.

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Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

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DANGER. General view of the damages after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA
The death toll climbs to 350, while the number of people injured also rose

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 19, 2016) — Rescuers and desperate families clawed through the rubble Monday, April 18, to pull out survivors of an earthquake that killed 350 people and destroyed towns in a tourist area of Ecuador.

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Ecuador quake toll rises to 233 dead

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FRANTIC SEARCH. Residents and army forces look for survivors after a powerful earthquake, in the town of Pedernales, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA
Vice President Jorge Glas says the earthquake is the ‘worst seismic movement we have faced in decades’

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 17, 2016) – Rescuers in Ecuador raced to dig out people trapped under the rubble of homes and businesses on Sunday, April 17, following a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 233.

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WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

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Dominican Air Force personnel fumigate various locations in Santo Domingo against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, on January 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/Erika Santelices)
The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was “strongly suspected” of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency

Geneva (Feb. 2, 2016) — The UN health body said that a surge in cases of microcephaly — a devastating condition in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and brain — was likely caused by Continue reading WHO declares international health emergency over Zika