We interrupt the A to Z posts for this announcement:
At approximately 6:30 p.m. local time Saturday an earthquake registering 7.8 occurred off the northern coast of Ecuador. Ecuador is about the size of Colorado, so the quake was felt throughout the country and even into Columbia. There have been six aftershocks so far.
I am in Cuenca, and so far it appears we escaped any major damage here. But other areas of the country were hit hard and as reports are just coming in, there is devastation and loss of life. We are still waiting to hear from friends along the coast and in the cities of Guayaquil and Quito. Cell phones and landlines are out in many areas as are power and internet service.
The earthquake is triggering landslides and there is a concern it could cause more severe eruptions of the active volcanoes.
Please keep Ecuador in your positive thoughts and prayers.
Scarlett Loving life in Cuenca!