PHOTOS: Earthquake in Chile
Hi-res images from Los Angeles Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez
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Hi-res images from Los Angeles Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez
A FATHER'S HOPE, SWEPT AWAY: Luis Gatica is comforted by longtime friend Carmen Gloria Vasquez in Constitucion. Gatica lost his wife and daughter and other family members in the tsunami after the 8.8 earthquake last month. The family was camping with relatives on Isla Orrego, a woodsy islet off Constitucion, in the mouth of the Maule River.
A CONGREGATION GATHERS: Sunday mass is held outside the damaged main cathedral in Constitucion, Chile. The names of those confirmed dead were read aloud.
MOURNING AT MASS: Congregants mourn as the names of the dead are read at Sunday Mass outside Constitucion's damaged cathedral.
OFFERING COMFORT: A crucifix is carried to a Sunday mass at a school in Constitucion, Chile, that is sheltering those left homeless by the earthquake and tsunami.
A STORY OF SURVIVAL: Daniella Calderon, 17, scaled a tree on Isla Cancun, a popular summer camping spot in the Maule River near Constitucion, Chile, to escape the massive tsunami waves. Calderon, four months pregnant, said she was only thinking of her baby as she watched the pounding waves. Three members of her family were killed.
PRAYERS FOR THE FUTURE: Constitucion was devastated after the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami last month. But congregants gathered to hear Mass outside its ruined cathedral and to hear the names of the dead.
March 5, 2010 - A painting lies amid the ruins of a home in Dichato, a small beach enclave where 17 people died and as many as 50 are missing.
March 5, 2010 - The Silva family, who have lived in Caleta del Medio outside Dichato for four generations, try to salvage any valuables from what is left of their ruined home. They have pledged to rebuild, but not on the coast, but on a hill that overlooks the bay. "Never again," said Enrique Silva, the head of the family.
March 5, 2010 - Dichato, a town of 5,000, is deserted in the wake of the Chile earthquake. Few families have returned to their homes, most preferring the relative safety of overlooking hills. Residents said organized bands arrived the day after the earthquake to loot homes.
March 5, 2010 - A small clinic has been set up for those living on Dichato's hillside, which escaped the fury of the tsunami. The Araneda family, seated center rear, lost their home and restaurant which was on the waterfront. Dichota lies in a large protected bay and residents said they rarely see big waves.
March 5, 2010 - A small medical clinic has been serving families from Dichato who have been living in camps on the hillside. Signs abound at the hillside encampments: "We need food."
March 5, 2010 - Message boards outside the clinic announce services available and information on those still missing in Dichato.
March 5, 2010 - The Silva family, which has lived in Caleta del Medio, outside Dichato, for four generations burn the detritus of their ruined home.
March 5, 2010 - A fishing boat tossed inland by the tsunami lies in a meadow in Dichato. The tsunami proved more destructive than the earthquake.
March 5, 2010 - At least 4 massive waves swept through Dichato over several hours after the early morning earthquake on Feb. 27. Residents described the sound as that of breaking trees and splintering wood.
March 3, 2010 - Homeless residents head for higher ground after a tsunami warning was issued over the radio after an aftershock rattled Concepcion. The alarm was later deemed false.
March 3, 2010 - At the Chacarillas school in Constitucion, residents left homeless by the quake search through donated clothes for their families.
March 3, 2010 - A boy waits for his family as they register for aid in Constitucion.
March 2, 2010 - Soldiers apprehend two suspected looters who were inside a wrecked pharmacy near the city center in Concepcion, Chile. The city suffered heavy damage in Saturday's magnitude 8.8 quake and has been the scene of widespread looting.
March 2, 2010 - Chilean troops who arrived in Concepcion to help quell the disturbances apprehend looting suspects, who are later released.
March 2, 2010 - A resident distraught over a friend's arrest navigates a street in earthquake-ravaged Concepcion.
March 2, 2010 - A group of residents guards the entrance to the Rene Schneider neighborhood on the outskirts of Concepcion. Residents formed their own neighborhood defense squads to guard their homes from roving bands of thieves and looters.
March 2, 2010 - At a cemetery outside Constitucion a family buries a 2-year-old child and a 4-month-old baby, shown here being lowered into the grave.
March 1, 2010 - Residents in the coastal city of Constitucion assess the damage. The city was hit hard by both the magnitude 8.8 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. Many citizens complained of a lack of government assistance and search and rescue crews. The mayor said that he expected the official death toll to climb to 500.
March 1, 2010 - Buildings in Constitucion's older downtown suffered major damage; a store near the Plaza de Armas was little more than a pile of rubble. Little or no help has reached Constitucion and several other coastal towns.
March 1, 2010 - Residents in Constitucion pass a sign pointing to an evacuation route in the event of a tsunami. After the earthquake hit people had approximately 20 minutes to make for higher ground, which many did. Some credited their knowledge of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that began off the coast of Sumatra in making a quick escape.
March 1, 2010 - A woman is seen in quake-ravaged Constitucion. President Michelle Bachelet imposed emergency decrees, including putting the army in charge of hard-hit areas, measures not taken in more than 20 years.
March 1, 2010 - In Constitucion, the massive tsunami washed boats ashore, including into the main bus station which stands a few blocks inland from the river and about a mile from the ocean.
March 1, 2010 - In Constitucion, people take goods from a supermarket near the center of the city. Looting has become a major problem in several Chilean cities.
March 1, 2010 - A woman and her daughter weep as they watch a supermarket in Constitucion burn after it was looted. "We need food! We need water!" said a beleaguered Cesar Arrellano, a municipal comptroller who received unrelenting reports of damage, death and the desperate need for help.
March 1, 2010 - Victor Lucero, right, stands outside his daughter's home in Constitucion. She, along with her husband and two children perished in the earthquake; Lucero is waiting for search and rescue teams to bring the bodies out.
March 1, 2010 - A man moves a mattress in the city of Constitucion. People are out salvaging and scavenging whatever possessions they can find. Along the waterfront the destruction was near total in the wake of the tsunami that came up the River Maule.
March 1, 2010 - People carry out the body of Graciela Aguilar from the makeshift morgue at the gymnasium in Constitucion. She died with a rosary in her hand, said her daughter, Maria Graciela Ceballos.
March 1, 2010 - In Constitucion, a woman looks at the list of casualties posted outside the gymnasium that is being used as a makeshift morgue.
March 1, 2010 - Residents assembled at high school gymnasium to look among the bodies for missing loved ones.
March 1, 2010 - Maria Graciela Ceballos is consoled after identifying her mother at the makeshift morgue in Constitucion.
March 1, 2010 - People outside a store in Constitucion warn looters to leave after a fire breaks out. In Concepcion, looters were reported to be attacking firefighters and others trying to distribute aid.
March 1, 2010 - A soldier confronts a woman who was trying to cut a line outside a pharmacy where people were lined up in hopes of filling their prescriptions. It was one of the few businesses still operating.
March 1, 2010 - A Chilean flag is all that stands in an area of Constitucion ravaged by the tsunami.