Candlelight Vigil, Prayers, Fundraiser Planned Following Earthquake in Ecuador

Following one of the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades, Augustana students are organizing a series of events to show their support.

Following one of the strongest earthquakes to strike Ecuador in decades, Augustana students are organizing a series of events to show their support.

  • A candlelight vigil is planned for 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, near the Ole the Viking statue at the center of campus.
  • Augustana Ecuadorian students will speak and special prayers will be offered during the University's worship service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, in Augustana's Chapel of Reconciliation.
  • A talent show/fundraiser is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Back Alley.  Tickets are $3, and proceeds will benefit the Ecuadorian Red Cross. Students interested in participating in the talent show should contact the International Programs Office at 605.274.5050.

According to the latest news reports, more than 600 people were killed and more than 2,500 were injured, mostly in the northwestern coastal area of Manabí, following the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday, April 16.


Watch this KSFY-TV news report on the earthquake, featuring AU students and Ecuador natives Stephanie Sanchez and Dennisse Alcivar.