Chilean earthquakes in the O'Higgins Region: photoessay

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Monday, May 3, 2010

The recent string of earthquakes in Chile caused widespread damage to buildings. Wikinews reporter Diego Grez is on-scene and in his second photoessay, he shows us the impact of the earthquake in the O'Higgins Region and takes a look at how people living in the area have reacted to the devastation.


Wikinews' Diego Grez in front of the well-known apartments of Paniahue, Santa Cruz, Chile, that fell down during the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
Wikinews' Diego Grez in front of the well-known apartments of Paniahue, Santa Cruz, Chile, that collapsed during the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
The urban centre of Pichilemu has become dead since the earthquake, because of the fear of a new tsunami there. Image: Diego Grez.
The urban centre of Pichilemu has been dead since the earthquake, because of the fear of a new tsunami there.
Image: Diego Grez.
The Church of Santa Cruz was severely damaged in the earthquake and is being slowly demolished. Picture at the top right is the Church, as it looked in December 2009. Image: Diego Grez.
The Church of Santa Cruz was severely damaged in the earthquake and it is being demolished slowly. Picture at the top right is the Church, as it looked in December 2009.
Image: Diego Grez.
Inside the first floor of an apartment in Paniahue, Santa Cruz. Image: Diego Grez.
Inside the first floor of an apartment in Paniahue, Santa Cruz.
Image: Diego Grez.
Residents of Paniahue, Santa Cruz took their belongings and went to an empty plot near the apartments. They have named it "Villa Los Ciruelos". Image: Diego Grez.
Residents of Paniahue, Santa Cruz took their belongings and went to an empty plot near the apartments. They have named it "Villa Los Ciruelos".
Image: Diego Grez.
Residents of Paniahue also went to a court near the apartments, where they are storing their belongings and camping. Image: Diego Grez.
Residents of Paniahue also went to a court near the apartments, where they are storing their belongings and camping.
Image: Diego Grez.
The Peralillo town hall collapsed after the earthquake. News media has reported that the Mayor of Peralillo, Gerardo Cornejo, started to cry when he saw the town hall, but his father, 90 years-old, motivated him to get Peralillo up again. Old buildings like the Church of Peralillo also collapsed. Image: Diego Grez.
The Peralillo town hall collapsed after the earthquake. News media has reported that the Mayor of Peralillo, Gerardo Cornejo, started to cry when he saw the town hall, but his father, 90 years-old, motivated him to get Peralillo up again. Old buildings such as the Church of Peralillo also collapsed.
Image: Diego Grez.
People and tourists that were staying in Pichilemu for the last weekend in the summer, quickly drove to the nearest hill, La Cruz. Image: Diego Grez.
People and tourists that were staying in Pichilemu for the last weekend in the summer quickly drove to the nearest hill, La Cruz.
Image: Diego Grez.
A toilet in a collapsed apartment building in Paniahue, Santa Cruz. Image: Diego Grez.
A toilet in a collapsed apartment building in Paniahue, Santa Cruz.
Image: Diego Grez.
A collage of pictures showing the damage to the Paniahue apartment buildings. Image: Diego Grez.
A collage of pictures showing the damage to the Paniahue apartment buildings.
Image: Diego Grez.
The Arturo Prat Square in Pichilemu shortly after the earthquake and tsunami. Image: Diego Grez.
The Arturo Prat Square in Pichilemu shortly after the earthquake and tsunami.
Image: Diego Grez.
Carts in the Pichilemu beach before the earthquake and tsunami.The place where the carts were before the earthquake.

The tsunami threw these carts more than a block away. First picture in 2009.
Image: Diego Grez.
A collapsed house in Paniahue, Santa Cruz, Chile. Image: Diego Grez.
A collapsed house in Paniahue, Santa Cruz, Chile.
Image: Diego Grez.
The Santa Cruz town hall after the 2010 Chile earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
The Santa Cruz town hall after the 2010 Chile earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
A house located on O'Higgins Avenue, Santa Cruz, Chile after the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
A house located on O'Higgins Avenue, Santa Cruz, Chile after the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
A house in Pichilemu, Chile. A fissure can be seen clearly. Image: Diego Grez.
A house in Pichilemu, Chile. A fissure can be clearly seen.
Image: Diego Grez.
The place where the Colchagua museum was located before the 2010 Chile earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
The location of the Colchagua museum prior to the 2010 Chile earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
Another destroyed house in Santa Cruz, Chile by the 2010 Chile earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
Another destroyed house in Santa Cruz, Chile by the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
A demolished house in Santa Cruz, Chile, after the 2010 Chile earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
Another house in Santa Cruz destroyed by the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
A house damaged by the 2010 Chile earthquake, in Santa Cruz. Image: Diego Grez.
A house damaged by the 2010 Chile earthquake, in Santa Cruz.
Image: Diego Grez.
The Lolol firefighters building after the earthquakes. Image: Diego Grez.
The Lolol firefighters building after the earthquakes.
Image: Diego Grez.
A Lolol house, severely affected by the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
A Lolol house, severely affected by the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
Another Lolol house after the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
Another Lolol house after the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
Liquor store on Errázuriz Avenue in Santa Cruz, Chile. Image: Diego Grez.
Liquor store on Errázuriz Avenue in Santa Cruz, Chile.
Image: Diego Grez.
Stores on the main street in Marchigüe after the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
Stores in the Marchigüe main street after the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
A house damaged by the 2010 earthquake in Santa Cruz, Chile. Image: Diego Grez.
A house damaged by the 2010 earthquake in Santa Cruz, Chile.
Image: Diego Grez.
The Naval Bridge, near Lolol, was severely damaged after the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
The Naval Bridge, near Lolol, was severely damaged after the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
The ground broke in many places in Santa Cruz, Chile. Picture taken near the newly built Escuela de Lenguaje (Language School, for those with learning problems, like dyslexia), that was severely affected. Image: Diego Grez.
The ground broke in many places in Santa Cruz, Chile. Picture taken near the newly built Escuela de Lenguaje (Language School, for those with learning problems, like dyslexia), that was severely affected.
Image: Diego Grez.
People with a bonfire in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu, Chile, after the March 11 earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
People with a bonfire in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu, Chile, after the March 11 earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.
Demolition of a house in Santa Cruz, Chile. Image: Diego Grez.
Demolition of a house in Santa Cruz, Chile.
Image: Diego Grez.
An old house in the urban centre of Santa Cruz, Chile. Image: Diego Grez.
An old house in the urban centre of Santa Cruz, Chile.
Image: Diego Grez.
House that served as refuge for old people until 1978, severely affected by the earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.
A house that served as a refuge for old people until 1978 was severely affected by the earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.



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