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Ecuadorean Earthquake: Restoring Family Links

Ecuador Earthquake

The American Red Cross in cooperation with the Ecuadorian and Colombian Red Cross has activated its Restoring Family Links services to assist local residents whose family may be affected by the April 16, 2016, 7.8 earthquake off of Ecuador’s northwest coast. Please note that inquiries are only for immediate family members (parents, siblings, children, spouses, fiancées, grandparents or legal guardians) who are not U.S. citizens.

To initiate a search, interested family members would need to submit the following information:

a) Your full name, relationship to the sought person, and your contact number.

b) Full name of family, sex, age, any particular features or clothing worn (if known)

c) The last known address

d) Contact telephone number of the sought family to include the city

For family in Ecuador, please send this information to: For family in Colombia, please send this information to:

If someone is unable to initiate a tracing inquiry using either of the methods above, please contact the American Red Cross in Greater New York at

For inquiries concerning U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 and

Also, Google has initiated their Person Finder website for the Earthquake in Ecuador. Here, one can submit a request for a search or provide information about someone: