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Five years on, "the feeling is still there" for Chile earthquake survivors

3:00am IST - 01:44

Survivors of the 2010 Chile earthquake that killed more than 500 people, recall the horrors of the day when disaster struck. Display (No reporter narration). Produced by Gavino Garay.

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On February 27, 2010 a magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked south-central Chile. 500 people were killed. The fishing village of Dichato was nearly wiped off the map by the tsunami that followed. Diving assistant Victor Octavia, recalls the devastation. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VICTOR OCTAVIO SANTOS BUSTOS, DIVING ASSISTANT AND SURVIVOR FROM 2010 QUAKE AND TSUNAMI, SAYING: "The next day in the morning we saw it, we went out to look, and it was no longer Dichato, it had all disappeared. There were houses in the sea. At about five in the morning you could see cars with their lights still on floating in the soccer stadium with dead people inside." Jorge Valenzuela Rojas, a tourist at the time, has returned to Dichato see how it looks, five years on. (SOUNDBITE) JORGE VALENZUELA ROJAS, TOURIST, SAYING: "The feeling is still there, not fear, but there is still this feeling of what the people here went through. Because you can see that it has been rebuilt - everything - but the cost was so high, the toll it took, the lives, you can see it." What was once a bed of broken boats and debris strewn like matchsticks. Is now tranquil. But survivors say the destruction of five years ago is still an indelible memory.

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Five years on, "the feeling is still there" for Chile earthquake survivors

3:00am IST - 01:44