H. Kit Miyamoto, a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission, is headed to Ecuador this weekend to help assess damage from the recent series of earthquakes.
Miyamoto, president of Miyamoto International and Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, is to arrive with a team from the company on Sunday, according to the staff of the commission. He plans to travel to Portoviejo and other hard-hit areas and will meet with representatives of government agencies and local organizations as well as international agencies and businesses.
Miyamoto said information gathered after a major earthquake is especially important and that his group is eager to assist Ecuador “in any way we can.”
The April 16, 7.8-magnitude earthquake off the west coast of Ecuador injured 7,000 people and killed at least 570. A 6.1-magnitude aftershock occurred on Wednesday.