Chileans return home to survey damage after earthquake
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:10
April 2 - After being evacuated from low-lying coastal areas, Chileans in the north return home to survey damage after Tuesday's magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Chileans are surveying the damage after an earthquake and tsunami pounded the country's northern coast overnight.
The magnitude 8.2 quake struck near the port city of Iquique.
A tsunami with 2-meter waves tossed around the city's vessels.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN SAYING:
"We struggled just to be able to get a bigger boat and now look at it."
The quake, captured on security camera footage in this pharmacy in Arica, caused at least six deaths.
Officials said some were crushed by collapsing walls and others killed by heart attacks.
The country's president, Michelle Bachelet, left to inspect the region Wednesday morning.
She declared parts of Chile's north a disaster zone.
In Arica, residents spent the night on mountainsides after evacuating their homes.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT WHO EVACUATED HOME FOR HIGHER GROUND SAYING:
"We are really cold because we slept up there, just how you see us. All we could grab was what you see. We didn't even bring food."
Many Chileans still have fresh memories of a deadly 2010 quake and tsunami that killed an estimated 500 people.
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