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Chile quake victims assess damage

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 01:01

Chileans assess the full scale of a devastating 8.3 magnitude quake that's forced a million people to flee their homes. Paul Chapman reports.

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The Chilean fishing town of Coquimbo's been reduced to a mass of debris by Wednesday's massive earthquake. Two days after the 8.3 magnitude tremor residents were taking stock of the devastation. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) PEDRO GONZALEZ, LOCAL FISHERMAN, SAYING: "I lost everything, everything, I lost it all. I have nothing. We are naked as God put us into the world." (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) NATALY ARAYA CASTRO, DAUGHTER OF A LOCAL FISHERMAN, SAYING: "We're starting from zero, standing up again as a family." There is similar misery in Tongoy, a beach town about 40 kilometres away, where surging waters have destroyed large areas. Chile's President Michelle Bachelet's been visiting the region where the government's declared a state of emergency. A million people fled their homes after the quake and resulting aftershocks hit. At least 11 people have been killed. The quake was the world's most powerful this year and the biggest to hit Chile since 2010.

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Chile quake victims assess damage

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 01:01