Found!: American Lost After Ecuador Earthquake Checks In With Family

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:14 AM

Richard Thurlby of Lake Lure, N Carolina, said his daughter finally managed to obtain word to him Monday night via Facebook that she'd been able to running toward the shore as the shaking started Saturday — far from falling debris and rubble.

Found!: American Lost After Ecuador Earthquake Checks In With Family

Gentri Thurlby, the 27-year-old FL woman lost since Ecuador'south devastating weekend earthquake, is lively and OK, her relieved father told NBC News on Monday.

Richard Thurlby of Lake Lure, N Carolina, said his daughter finally managed to obtain word to him Monday night via Facebook that she'd been able to running toward the shore as the shaking started Saturday — far from falling debris and rubble.

Gentri Thurlby runs the La Sirena Bar in the resort town of Canoa, Ecuador, in the hard-hit northwest coastal portion of the country.

"She saw several bodies lined up along the road and hanging out of buildings," Richard Thurlby told NBC News after he spoke to his daughter by video chat. "She said she saw at least fifty, which is a lot for her tiny town. She said everything was chaotic and beautiful much the town is destroyed."

The woman was with another person on the second floor of a building when the power went out Sunday, Thurlby said.

"She thought it was just a power outage, but then the building started to shake," he said. "They ran towards a stairwell, and as she was running down, the building started shaking really bad. She was hitting the walls, bouncing back and forth on the way down.

"Just as she got outside, a balcony from the building actually fell on her. She got slice and thought she broke her arm, but it ended up just badly bruised," he said.

"If she was ten seconds later, she'd have died," he said.

Gentri Thurlby'south bar is teetering on the edge of a large crack in the ground, and the house where she was living was destroyed, said her father, who said he'south working to obtain her sufficient money to purchase a plane ticket home.

In the meantime, she'south staying with her boyfriend'south parents, about four hours away. And her parents are breathing a deep sigh of relief — albeit an exhausted one.

"We're just worn out," Richard Thurlby said. "It'south just been crazy."

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