PEDERNALES, Ecuador – Eighteen workers are laboring without pause to ready the new seafood market in Pedernales for its opening this week, replacing the old market destroyed by the earthquake that hit Ecuador in April and serving as the “cornerstone” for rebuilding the city.
Workers, vendors and the government insisted on having the market operating by Tuesday, exactly one month and one day after the quake killed 660 people in the northern coastal region.
The April 16 earthquake demolished the old market and the government pledged to rebuild it on the same spot as a symbol of the new city.
Shellfish and fish vendors set up shop across the street and continued doing business in a show of determination amid the critical situation in the city, one of the worst hit by the magnitude-7.8 temblor.
In Pedernales, 166 people died and 2,500 houses were destroyed. Only 13 out of the 35 buildings in the city withstood the earthquake and even those were in such poor condition that officials decided to demolish them.