UB student to travel to Ecuador to assess earthquake damages

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Rescue crews have arrived in Ecuador to help find survivors before time runs out. Officials said an earthquake that struck Saturday, killed over 400 people and injured more than 2,500.

An Ecuador native and a University at Buffalo student is now traveling to the country this weekend.

Enrique Morales is currently studying earthquake engineering at the university. He’s traveling to the country where most of his family still lives to evaluate structural damages while also helping out those in need.

He said during his 15 day trip, he’ll also bring back his findings to UB to help other students understand the 7.8 magnitude quake. He said students can learn from his experience in Ecuador because tomorrow it could be another country hit by a devastating quake.

“At this moment it is my first idea, it is my responsibility. I believe that i can help Ecuador at this moment that they need at least technical support. The idea is to coordinate with one university in Ecuador that has an agreement with Buffalo University,” said Morales.

Morales said he has full support from the university.

He is also trying to raise $50,000 for medical equipment, food, shelter and anything else the country needs during this time.

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