Search for Missing Pair in Mason County, Washington Located

MASON COUNTY, Washington State  | A missing 30-year old and a 4-year old male were reported missing around 1300 hours this afternoon, when they did not return from a day hike around Lake Bennetson in the Tahuya Forest.

A large number of searchers from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, along with Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and Firefighters from the Mason County Regional Fire Authority began the planning, implementation and later rescue of the pair.

A presser was released with limited details from both the Fire and Police Departments stating the emergency in locating them. They were unprepared for the adverse weather elements of rain and low temps.

An update has just been released that both have been found and are currently undergoing evaluations by Paramedics.

We will release a new update, if additional details emerge.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/24/2019 @ 2240 PST

Washington State: Boat Fire Burning

PROTECTION ISLAND, Wash. – A 40-foot boat located north of Protection Island in Washington was found to be on fire with three souls on board, donned their survival suits and jumped into the water.

They were picked up by a Good Samaritan.

Photo Credit | USCG unknown airman.

The US Coast Guard (Pacific Northwest) aircrew were on board a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station/Sector Field Office in Port Angeles.  They visible saw no sheen on top of the water.

All souls on the boat were later transferred to a USCG boat crew who were said to be bringing them to Port Hudson Marina.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1910 hours PDT

 

Call For Help, 911 Resources En Route

Incident Summary

A call for help prompted local Fire, Watershed and Volunteers whom responded to a Trail Rescue call for an injured hiker on Rattlesnake Ledge in North Bend, Washington.   The response began on Saturday, March 3, 2018, around 0844 hours PST.

Resources

Eastside Fire & Rescue, volunteers with the King County Search and Rescue (managed by the King County Sheriff Office) and alongside the Seattle Watershed dispatched personnel around 0844 hours PST.  About ten minutes later, they were still in the process of hiking into the patient’s location.  At that time, there was an unknown status of the injured person’s condition.

As of 0930 hours PST, Fire Officials confirmed that the Trail Rescue was now moving from a rescue to a recovery.  Fire personnel would be released from the scene as the King County Sheriff Office would take over the incident and the main contact for media requests.  KCSO will be working in conjunction with the Seattle Watershed during this recovery process.   Ed – We are so sorry for the  loss to this man’s family, friends and communities he impacted.

ABOUT EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE

Eastside Fire & Rescue consists of serving populations in the Carnation, Issaquah, May Valley, North Bend, Preston, Tiger Mtn., Sammamish and the Wilderness Rim (North Bend area).  Additionally, they include Fire Districts 10 and 38.  This Agency was created as a whole in January of 1999.  In January 2000, additional agencies would join this consolidation.

There are currently 145 full-time career personnel and about 50 volunteers that serve their communities 24/7/365.   They are part of the IAFF Local 2878.  They provide fire suppression, and many other disciplines including working in partnership with King County Search and Rescue teams to reach and treat injured hikers, as well as transporting them to nearby hospitals as needed.

For more information on this Fire Agency, go to their website at http://www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.

ABOUT KING COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE

King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA)

King County Search and Rescue (KCSAR) is a group of volunteers falls under the King County Sheriff’s Office which is responsible for all search and rescue activities in the County.    These groups provide a free service to the public and its communities that respond to numerous incidents that include: lost or injured hikers, hunters, children, elderly, missing persons and down missing aircraft.  Additionally, they assist during times of disasters such as flooding, windstorms, mudslides and earthquakes.

Within KCSAR, there are specialized organizations that work together in conjunction in reaching the ultimate goal of saving lives.

Want to find out more information about this great King County resource or want to join a specific group within the overall organization, visit the King County Search and Rescue Association’s website at http://www.kcsara.org

KCSARA is host to supporting and providing resources to its subgroups which consist of:

King County 4×4 SAR | KC4x4SAR consists of 100 mission ready personnel that are on stand-by to be deployed into areas where most conventional vehicles may find terrain impassable or difficult to negotiate.   These volunteers are highly trained in the ability to off-road assisting in looking for missing persons and downed missing aircraft.   Website:  http://www.kc4x4sar.org/

King County Incident Support Team |  The Incident Support Team provides support to the King County Sheriff’s Office during missions which include administration, record-keeping, radio logging and other duties that may be assigned.  Additionally, they also provide Incident Command Systems or ICS expertise before, during and after missions, assistance with plan development and execution.   Requirements to join this unit include; Amateur Radio License (HAM) within the first year of members and taking all WAC classes offered by the King County Search and Rescue Association/King County Sheriff Office as required to become a County volunteer.  Website:  http://www.kcsara.org/units/King_County_Search_And_Rescue_Incident_Support_Team/

Explorer Search and Rescue |  ESAR is the largest of the KCSARA eight units.  This unit was founded in 1954 and is a 100% volunteer organization just like all the others.  This organization is different from the rest in how its members are generally geared to the younger crowd (youths) and have older members that are field team members, mentors and various supporting other roles.  This unit generally responds to 60 missions annually.  Website:  http://www.kcesar.org/

King County Search Dogs |  This unique SAR dog unit is made up of handlers and teams that provide canine search services within King County and upon request by other sources as approved by the King County Sheriff’s Office.  They specialize in air scent, which is to locate any human within the teams search area or tracking/trailing which the dog is given a scent article that will enable he/she to follow a scent path of a specific individual.  Additionally, this team also has members that specialize in areas such as evidence search, water search, disaster or avalanche search.   Website:  http://www.kcsearchdogs.org/

Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue | Members of this unit are horse owners who volunteer their time as a horse and rider team to aid in the search for the lost, injured or missing persons.  Teams also may be requested to assist in the transportation of equipment or supplies.  They are highly trained in wilderness navigation, first aid, search techniques and survival skills.  All members work and train together to help reach the end goals and search objectives.   Website:  http://www.nwhsar.org/

Seattle Mountain Rescue | This volunteer unit is made up of at least 100 mountain climbers that focus on saving lives through back-country search and rescue and mountain safety education.  Their specialties include:  high angle, low angle and high hazard operations.  Website:  http://www.seattlemountainrescue.org/

Ski Patrol Alpine Rescue Team | SPART provides emergency medical/trauma care in wilderness environments all year-round in the King County area.  They are 60-member (volunteers) strong who passionate and highly driven to respond to that cry whenever or wherever it may come from.  They also support other units within the KCSAR organization by maintaining two caches stocked with safety and rescue gear.   Many of the volunteers involved in SPART are also volunteers/members with the Northwest Region of the National Ski Patrol and the American Red Cross of King County.  Website:  http://www.spart.us/

Pacific Northwest Trackers Association |  PNWT is a fully qualified team of high level trained, dedicated and passionate members that use their expertise in locating “lost persons” and evidence searches by using their tracking skills.  They also teach those who are interested in learning their perfected craft.  Website:  http://www.pacificnwtrackers.com/

ABOUT THE CEDAR WATERSHED’S ICONIC TRAIL

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail | The Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is located within the Cedar River Watershed owned and operated by the City of Seattle. It is open and a maintained trail that is approximately two miles to the Ledge.  The trail is said to be moderate to difficult.  A foot only trail, it is a venue to no fires or camping.

This trail is said to be one of the most popular trails in the region and it is also known to be a dangerous venue as it is host to exposed cliffs and steep drops.  Warnings of possible high usage come with many persons and dogs that can create obstacles.

This is a very beautiful trail and as you ascend, you will find why it is so popular here in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, visit the Seattle Public Utilities website  http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Education/CedarRiverWatershed/RattlesnakeLedge/index.htm

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

Hurricane Matthew Widespread Damage | Update 8

Updated 1950 PM EDT

STORM FACTS

  • Weather – Hurricane Matthew is downgraded from Cat 1 to Tropical Storm
  • More Storms – While Matt is downgraded, Nicole does a hairpin and is due to hit Bermuda later in the week. – The NWS

Credit: NWS

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • Haiti – 900-1500 killed directly from storm
  • Cholera Breakout – 15 killed from disease breakout
  • U.S. – 4 killed.
  • VA Beach – Major flooding.
  • Wrightsville Beach – suffers significant dune and beach erosion
  • Oak Island (NC) – Waves break off large section of the Island pier
  • Charleston (SC) – Flooded streets told it will get worse when high tide comes

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Red Cross – 2700+  workers support relief efforts in 5 different States
  • NY Task Force 1 – helping with flood rescues in Fayetteville (NC)
  • Jacksonville (SC) Police Department 
  • SCE&G (SC) – restored power to 100,000 homes after the Hurricane left
  • NC National Guard – evacuations and rescues
  • Daytona International Speedway – Staging site for utility trucks
  • US Coast Guard – Assisting with recovery supplies
  • Miami Beach Fire – 
  • FEMA

EVACUEE RESOURCES

  • Verizon Wireless – Unlimited domestic talk, text and data relief being offered to qualified customers in Florida,Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina between October 7-1  https://www.verizonwireless.com/featured/relief/

STORM IMAGES

Assessing the Damage – 2 Florida Senators tour the damage left by behind by Hurricane Matthew from inside a USCG aircraft. Credit/USCG

Assisting with evacuations and rescues – NC National Guard.  Photo Credit:  NCNG

University of North Florida (also photo credit) – Statute holds in place while surrounding landscaping unfortunate.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook’s Hurricane Matthew Safety check is working.

HASHTAGS

  • #HurricaneMatthew
  • #Matthew
  • #HurricaneNicole
  • #Haiti

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!  We will be on Hurricane storm watch and providing updates throughout the day.  Be safe friends.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

2-Alarm Fire Kills 1, Injures Others in Los Angeles

 

A FireStorm of Another Kind

A ripping and roaring fire began around 1924 hours on Monday evening at a 2-story vacant medical building located at 2411 W 8th Street in the #Westlake District in Los Angeles, California.

Westlake District

A previous address had been tweeted by the LAFD as 2426 W 8th Street which their system mistakenly pulled from another incident unrelated to the ongoing fire currently in progress.

 

Trespassers Rescued, 1 Killed

Five “unauthorized civilians” were found inside the building of which three (3) were dramatically rescued by LAFD firefighters.  One of the unauthorized occupants was found deceased on-scene from unknown injuries or cause.

Person-of-Interest Under Investigation

One male person-of-interest was being interviewed by LAPD around 2100 hours or 9pm.  The person of interest and one other rescued victim were transported by a LAFD ambulance to a local near-by hospital with non-threatening injuries.

Resources

LAFD say they have 147 Firefighters fighting the 2-Alarm blaze, which took over two hours of battling the FireStorm of another kind.

The following are resources dispatched to the fire scene:

  • E11, E215, E211, E13, E6, E220, E229, E210, E10, E9, E3, E227, E35, E12, E203, EM1, EM14
  • T15, T11, T20, T29, T10, T3, T9, T27
  • RA810, RA1, RA811, RA13, RA6, RA27, RA827, RA29, RA10, RA209, RA3k
  • CM22
  • HR56
  • BC18, BC5, BC2, BC13, BC14, BC11, BC1
  • RM2
  • UR88
  • EA1
  • AR22, AR1, AR2, AR17
  • HUS9

A total of 147 firefighters were on the scene of this fire.  We heard one of them was injured but his/her condition was unknown at the time this post was published.

Unbelievable Fire Images Light up Social Media

Amazing #FireImages were tweeted all over Social Media.  One video showed a man with a cell phone on top of a roof in a dangerous, precarious position filing while large fiery red flames shot up over the fire building and right next the roof edge of an exposure building.

About the 2411 Building

The commercial structure is said to be a 14,351 square foot office building on a 0.26 acre lot.  Property records and sources show the structure is valued at $1.15 million.  It is owned by Pacific Parkview LLC.

Hashtags Used for Incident

#8thStreetFire  #Westlake  #LAFD

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Increases In Acreage | Update 6

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire started as one fire on April 16, around 1300 hours.  A small fire the size of 200 acres began to head towards a second fire 25+ acres in size, eventually merging into one large fire.  By nightfall, the fire had grown into a 500 acre fire – and, the rest is history.

It is located within the Shenandoah National Park and in Luray, Virginia.

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

Photo Credit: NASA

Several days ago, it had reached 2094 .  By April 21st, the fire exploded  four times that into 8,952 consumed acres.  Today, Sunday, April 24, 2016, the fire is currently holding at the same acreage but now has a 43% containment status.

Fire fuels consist of mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavier than normal leaf litter and duff.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

FIRE STATUS:

An overnight flight by helicopter by National Park Police using an infrared fire mapping system found a 200 acre location along the fire perimeter containing a section where it’s currently holding residual embers.

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rabuck/NPS

In the location 3 miles of Madison Run Road, the upper half of the fire, crews were able to prepare the area for a possible contingency fire line if needed due to increased humidity, rainfall of .014″ and lower temps.

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

Overall, fire crews have been able to now go into mop-up operations along with extending the fire line.

In the upper section of the area, crews were able to prepare for a future contingency fire line if needed.

The lower half of the area crews completed and/or prepared lines for possible burnout operations.

Photo Credit:  NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

Fire remains active and backing in the interior and on the Southern portion.  Crews have successfully gained a 43% containment status.  There is no exact estimated date at the moment on when it will reach a 100% containment status but firefighters are working tirelessly to gain full control of the fire.

Virginia State Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanks all fire personnel.  Photo Credit: Rita Baysinger/NPS

Virginia State Gov. Terry McAuliffe thanks all fire personnel. Photo Credit: Rita Baysinger/NPS

PERSONNEL

Previously there were over 100 firefighters but as the fire rages on, personnel has increased to 342 attached to this fire incident.  As of today, the numbers have reached 347 personnel with a noteworthy mention that these fire crews represent 33 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

 

Helicopter

Photo Credit: L. Wilkolak/NPS

RESOURCES

Resources on the fire ground are:  (2) medium helicopters, (2) light helicopters, (2) fixed wing SEATs, (11) engines, (1) dozer, and (2) Air Attack / Lead Planes.

Incident Cooperators are from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

 

New Fire Map. Photo Courtesy:  Inciweb

New Fire Map. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Fire suppression aircraft has had to be grounded as drones have been present during this incident.  Fire Managers would like to remind those with drones that if you fly, they cannot putting lives and property in jeopardy.

Because of this large of a fire, a TFR [Temporary Flight Restriction] has been placed over this fire until further notice.  Please do not heed Firefighting air resources by breaking the TFR and putting the pilots lives in danger.

CLOSURES

The following trails and roads have been closed due to this fire incident:

  • Appalacian Trail
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rockytop Trail
  • Brown Gap Fire Rd
  • Madison Run Fire Rd
  • Rocky Mount Trail
  • Big Run Trail
  • Austin Mountain Trail
  • Onemile Run Trail
  • Lewis Peak Trail
  • Brown Mountain Trail
  • Patterson Ridge Trail
  • Madison Run Spur
  • Doyles River Cabin
  • Furnance Mountain Trail
  • Troyfoot Mountain Trail
  • Blackrock Trail
  • Doyles River Trail
  • Jones River Trail
  • Rocky Mountain Run Trail

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags being used for this fire are:

  • #RockyMountainFire
  • #RockyMountfire
  • #VirginiaFires2016
  • #ShenandoahNF

Our Social Media platforms that you can find us at:

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog
  • Flickr

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Increases In Acreage | Update 5

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire started as one fire on April 16, around 1300 hours.  A small fire in size to 200 acres began to head towards another fire in the area, around 25-plus acres.

It is located within the Shenandoah National Park and in Luray, Virginia.

Eventually, the two fires would become one single fire reaching a total of 500 acres by nightfall on the same night the fire ignited growing to 500 acres.

photo from space showing a close view of the burned area and active fire edges with labels

Photo Credit: NASA

Several days ago, it had reached 2094 .  By April 21st, the fire exploded  four times that into 8,952 consumed acres.  The fire is still growing as we speak.

Fire fuels consist of mountain laurel, pine and oak forests with heavier than normal leaf litter and duff.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

FIRE STATUS

Firefighters were successful in many areas within the last 24 hours.  Here are some of their accomplishments:

Smoke rises across a ridge in the background

Photo Credit: Jennifer Rabuck/NPS

  • Containment lines were improved by burning off vegetation between containment lines of the main fire yesterday afternoon and evening South Along the Skyline Drive to Mile Marker 80.
  • Fireline improvements along the boundaries along the fire and Skyline Drive across the entire Northern par from Beldor Hollow to the Gap Run area.
  • Contained and extinguished all new spot fires including one that jumped Skyline Drive.

Flames were reported reaching heights of 3-4 feet but have been significantly decreased to 6-12″.  Wind has encouraged the fire behavior to increase at times.

 

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

 

 

Firefighters have successfully reached a 43% containment status.  There is no estimated timeline when this fire may be fully contained and tapped.

PERSONNEL

Previously there were over 100 firefighters but as the fire rages on, personnel has increased to 342 attached to this fire incident.

RESOURCES

Additional firefighters and equipment did finally arrive.

Currently, there are (2) Type 2 Helicopters, (3) Type 3 Helicopters, (11) Engines, (2) Fixed Wing SEATs (single engine air tankers0) and 2 Air Attack Lead planes.

Helicopter

Photo Credit: L. Wilkolak/NPS

Incident Cooperators are from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

ACTIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION SUSPENDED

We previously reported along with this fire of a missing Fairfax County Firefighter-Paramedic that had been missing on April 15th, has now been found.  It is with great sadness that we announce she was found deceased from a suicide.

Sympathies to her Police Officer husband, her immediate family, Fire and Law Enforcement families and all those who were touched by her compassion and love.  it was a sad day on Thursday, when the announcement was made by both the National Park Service and the State Police.  It is never a good thing to have occur, when a loved one passes.

  

Photo Courtesy:  Virginia State Police

NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES

Fire suppression aircraft has had to be grounded as drones have been present during this incident.  Fire Managers would like to remind those with drones that if you fly, they cannot putting lives and property in jeopardy.

Because of this large of a fire, a TFR [Temporary Flight Restriction] has been placed over this fire until further notice.  Please do not heed Firefighting air resources by breaking the TFR and putting the pilots lives in danger.

CLOSURES

The following trails and roads have been closed due to this fire incident:

  • Appalacian Trail
  • Skyline Drive
  • Rockytop Trail
  • Brown Gap Fire Rd
  • Madison Run Fire Rd
  • Rocky Mount Trail
  • Big Run Trail
  • Austin Mountain Trail
  • Onemile Run Trail
  • Lewis Peak Trail
  • Brown Mountain Trail
  • Patterson Ridge Trail
  • Madison Run Spur
  • Doyles River Cabin
  • Furnance Mountain Trail
  • Troyfoot Mountain Trail
  • Blackrock Trail
  • Doyles River Trail
  • Jones River Trail
  • Rocky Mountain Run Trail

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags being used for this fire are:

  • #RockyMountainFire
  • #RockyMountfire
  • #VirginiaFires2016
  • #ShenandoahNF

Our Social Media platforms that you can find us at:

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog
  • Flickr

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Virginia’s Rocky Mountain Wildfire Explodes | Update 4

FIRE INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Rocky Mountain Wildfire that originally started on April 16, 2016 around 1300 hours on Saturday, had been fairly small with 200 acres burning inside the Shenandoah National Park that grew into 500 acres by Sunday.  Today however, it has literally exploded to 2094 acres as the weather becomes more dry and fair today.

Firefighters

Fire Photo. Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO

If you have concerns or questions regarding the fire, please call the fire information office. 540-999-2152.

Rocky Mtn Fire.

Photo Credit: A. Williams, NPS

ACTIVE SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATION

It has come to our attention that the Virginia State Police and Shenandoah National Park personnel are working closely together to locate a missing woman that disappeared inside the Park.  Nicole K. Mittendorf, 31, was reported missing to State Police on April 15th from Woodbridge, Virginia.  Her 2009 Mini Cooper was said to be abandoned inside the Park and recovered on April 16th.

Mittendorff is a white female with blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5’6 and weighs approximately 125 lbs.

  

Photo Courtesy:  Virginia State Police

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or 911 or email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

SEARCHERS CONTINUE WHILE FIRE RAGES ON

Over 100 Federal, State and SAR teams have been searching for Nicole since Monday when she was reported missing.    They have been focusing near the Whiteoak Canyon Trail near Syria, Virginia without any signs of the missing woman.

Photo Credit: Virginia State Police

Firefighters will continue to actively work along the Park’s boundary and Skyline Drive.

PERSONNEL

Over 100 fire personnel from the National Park Service, Virginia  Department of Forestry, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Georgia Forestry Commission and  from Department of Forestry Pueblo County.

Additional Firefighters and equipment have been requested and are en route.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#RockyMountainFire

#Search4NicoleMittendorfVA

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Ecuador’s Land Mass Shaken, Causes Massive Disaster

JAPAN SHAKEN BY SEVERAL CATASTROPHIES

Japan has endured over 100-plus earthquakes since it was shaken by one such major event on Thursday, April 14, 2016, when a 6.2M struck at 2126 hours.  Located 4.3 miles of Ueki and near the City of Kumamoto caused quite a bit of damage and up to nine deaths related to the earthquakes.

Several smaller quakes in the range of 4.3-5.9 continued several times a day on a daily basis.  A second quake of 6.0M that has not been much covered by media or other agencies that occurred 3.7 miles East of Uto, Japan.  The third and most destructive, as well as deadliest was a 7.0M that appeared as a major catastrophic quake with its epicenter 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi on Saturday around 0125 Hours.

At the first glance, initial reports released said there were an additional 32 deaths on Saturday bringing the total to 41 killed.

The PM Office of Japan released a formal statement regarding the status of its infrastructure, search and rescue operations and many other significant events unfolding during their disaster recovery operations.

Approximately, 100,000 have been without power, while 105,000 residents are without gas and a total of 420,000 are without water.  The Government reported they have been handing out water and other disaster supplies to residents.  They were working diligently to get the basic water supply up and running again.

As of yesterday, the Japanese government reported 35 deaths confirmed and 190 have been severely injured.  Those with minor injuries were said to be just over 800 people.   Personnel from the government military forces, Coast Guard, police and fire agencies were said to be mainly focusing on the Village of Minamiaso due to reports of those trapped under many buildings, structures and homes.

Mount Aso was reportedly have erupted due to the second quake.  No word other than its eruption has been reported so we are assuming it is not as critical as the main City which is the home to over 730,000 residents.

While Japan was working on Search and rescue missions all over their City, Ecuador was shaken by a very large Earthquake bringing to light many more injuries and deaths occurring.

ECUADOR GETS A RUDE AWAKENING

On the evening of April 16, 2016, a 7.8M earthquake violently shook Ecuador’s coastal town of Esmeraldas province.

The depth of the quake was recorded at a shallow distance of 19.2km but residents reported it as being a violent motion of shaking.

A tsunami warning immediately followed stating that tidal waves may reach 0.3 – 1 meter above tidal wave levels on the Country’s coastline.  An alert was also issued for Hawaii  (U.S.) PSTC and for Australia’s ATWC as well. No reports of large tsunami damaging waves in either three locations listed.

equador quake

Photo Credit:  United States Geological Survey – http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20005j32#shakemap, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48225555

A State of Emergency has been issued by the Government.  Reports of roads being badly damaged, bridges collapsing and the water supply being greatly affected.  This earthquake has been listed as one of the worst quakes since the last one in 1979.

Those working or living in buildings over 100 miles away in other Cities reported feeling them shake.  No known reports of injuries occurred have been received.  The death toll in Ecuador has reached 246 with two being from Quebec, Canada. Over 1550 have been injured.

Incident Cooperators are from Samaritans Purse, UNICEF providing water kits and tents, WorldVision, Ecuadorian Red Cross that has over 800 volunteers and staff on the ground providing health teams, hospital units, psychological support and first aid; hundreds are in SAR operations mode; 10,000 Ecuadorian military troops and 3500 Police Officers.   The Red Cross in Spain and Peru are on standby if needed to assist the Ecuadorian Red Cross along with Mercy Corps.

AFTERSHOCKS TO CONTINUE

Expectations of additional aftershocks are normal, says the U.S.G.S.   These can occur hours, days and weeks after the main earthquake.  Aftershocks can cause additional building damage and falling debris that can seriously injure you.  Both Countries are reporting a range of aftershocks occurring sometimes mutliple times during each day and on a daily basis.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#EcuadorEarthquake

#EcuadorEarthquake2016

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog