December 21, 2014
Latin American countries begin to lift tsunami alerts
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, officially recalled the tsunami alert for the country last night. He stated that for today, all six coastal provinces which had been on emergency alert following the Japan earthquake, be lifted. Guatemala followed suit by lifting the alerts along the coastline.
“Looking at the situation as it stands; we are able to say that the state of alert has been lifted. An order has been given that all the places which were evacuated begin to reintegrate people back into their homes calmly. Police services and transport services will be provided where necessary,” affirmed Correa during a press interview last night.He added “the risk of the tsunami is now obsolete, consequentially lifting the national alert”.
Correa further stated that today they would evaluate the damage in the coastal areas, initiating a coastal clean-up which would begin before midday. He also commended the people of Ecuador for their “incredible effort and collaboration”, dealing with the situation, reaffirming that over 200, 000 people were evacuated after the alert was called.
Guatemala called off their alerts too, due to the energy loss of the waves once they reached the Guatemalan coastline.