Ecuador Begins Rebuilding

After last week's powerful earthquake, the government in the South American nation of Ecuador is reporting hundreds of aftershocks, which are still causing damage there.

Aftershocks are earthquakes themselves, but which are usually less powerful and smaller than the first event.

The president says the quakes have caused more than three billion dollars in damage and that rebuilding is going to take years. Ecuador has already raised sales taxes to help pay for the expensive repairs and may sell some of the nation's property to add more funding.

This week, there are still more than 25,000 people living in emergency shelters, and nearly 700 people have been confirmed as killed.

Instructional Links

Website Article: Ducksters, Ecuador

http://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Ecuador

Website Article & Animation: U. S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Glossary, Aftershock

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/glossary/?term=aftershocks

Encyclopedia Article: Encyclopedia Britannica, Aftershock

http://www.britannica.com/science/aftershock-geology

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