Los Angeles Fire Department patch and badge. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Fire Department patch and badge. Photo by John Schreiber.

Urban search and rescue team members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department have joined counterparts from Fairfax, Virginia, in responding to the deadly magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Ecuador earlier this month, officials announced Thursday.

At least 650 people died in the April 16 quake, which struck near the coastal city of Muisne in the country’s north, destroying buildings and roadways.

The crews from Los Angeles and Fairfax joined a response team deployed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to support the Ecuadorian government, according to county fire Capt. Keith Mora.

Structural engineers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department previously were deployed to help survey buildings and assess key infrastructure for damage, Mora said.

— City News Service 

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