Canadian mother and son killed in 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador
A mother and her son, both Canadian citizens, died after the powerful earthquake that shook the Ecuadorian coast Saturday night.
Jennifer Mawn, 38, and 12-year-old son, Arthur, died when the roof of their residence collapsed during the 7.8 magnitude quake. Her husband Pascal Laflamme and their daughter, Laurie-Ann survived.
Canadian press reports say the family is originally from Montreal, and had recently moved to Ecuador after spending the last eight years living and working on an island in the Indian Ocean.
The quake, Ecuador's biggest in decades, struck off the Pacific coast, causing panic as far away as the highland capital, Quito, and killing at least 350 people.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion confirmed in a statement that two Canadians died in the quake.
“Canadian officials at our embassy in Quito are reaching out to Canadian citizens in-country and providing assistance to Canadians affected by the earthquake,” said Dion in a statement.
Canadian citizens in Ecuador: for consular assistance, please contact the Embassy at 02-245-5499 or by email at [email protected]
Citoyens canadiens en Equateur: pour de l’assistance consulaire, veuillez contacter l’ambassade au 02-245-5499 ou par courriel [email protected]