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Disaster Activation: Ecuador Earthquake 2016

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HOT is supporting the Ecuador Earthquake by assisting the local OSM community to engage global volunteers and international responders

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. HOT is supporting the response by assisting the local OSM community to engage the global volunteer community and interface with international aid organizations and imagery providers.

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Ecuador Earthquake: Assessing the Extent of Damaged Buildings

Efforts are still going strong 7 weeks after the initial earthquake struck Ecuador on the 16th April close to the towns of Muisne and Pedernales, with HOT transitioning from the 1st stage of mapping focused on pre-event data to the 2nd stage, a pilot project aimed at mapping building damage and temporary shelters.

Mhairi O'Hara — 3 June, 2016

Ecuador Earthquake: Day 16 Update

We want to highlight the amazing work done to date by the wonderful volunteers mappers of OpenStreetMap, with 2,300 individuals making close to 3 million map changes with the associated #MappingEcuador changeset comment.

Mhairi O'Hara — 4 May, 2016

Latest Update: Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Ecuador: An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit the coastal region of Ecuador on April 16th. This major event was followed by several aftershocks. HOT is currently at "Moderate Event (Local Leadership)" status and is continuing to monitor the situation and await more guidance from colleagues in Ecuador.Japan: On April 14th and 15th, several earthquakes hit Kumamoto Japan. Our colleagues at Crisis Mappers Japan ( are taking the lead on mapping the affected areas in OpenStreetMap. Several members of Crisis Mappers Japan traveled to Kumamoto this weekend to assess data needs. HOT is monitoring the situation and will provide additional support as needed.

Tyler Radford — 18 April, 2016