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|Subject: In an effort to help the inhabitants Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:48 pm|| |
The earthquake considerably impacted a number of cities: it destroyed Guano, Patate, Pelileo, Pillaro, and one-third of Ambato. The city of Ambato was a "scene of anguish and pain" described by "scores of little funerals winding their way through the debris". The brand-new hospital had been reduced to four walls, and most of the buildings in town were demolished. In Pelileo, relief workers found victims feeding buried people through holes in the ground. In the days following the earthquakes, aftershocks occurred and torrential rains ensued.
In an effort to help the inhabitants, a festival of fruit and flowers was held on 29 June 1950. The festival was a success and became an annual event that is celebrated each February[nb 1] and is now an important tourist attraction. Ambato was completely rebuilt after the earthquake. The city's main church, the Iglesia Matriz de Ambato, was replaced by a new cathedral, known as Iglesia La Catedral, that was built large enough to sufficiently stand out from its urban surroundings. Pelileo was rebuilt on a new site about 2 km (1.2 mi) from its previous location.
 Current situation
Today, Ambato's population is about 217,000, and it is frequently visited by tourists traveling on the Pan-American Highway. The city is well-known for its extensive market, which sells a wide array of items including local delicacies and flowers, and for its quintas – old estates that serve as historic parks – some of which pre-date the earthquake.
Ecuador is still at risk from earthquakes. There exists the possibility of both intraplate (such as those in March 1987) and interplate earthquakes. Intraplate seismicity poses a more formidable threat, as it can be much more powerful than interplate seismicity and is usually associated with landslides, subsidence, and even soil liquefaction.Promotional memorysticksFlorida Mortgages