In Chile, Tsunami Caused More Deaths Than Earthquake
In Chile, the tsunami caused more deaths than the massive earthquake. Several coastal communities were devastated by the tsunami.
Elespectador.com reported (translated):
The tsunami that struck the coast of central Chile and the Pacific islands, of which there was no warning in many coastal towns and villages, caused more deaths and missing as it caused the earthquake of 8.8 degrees on the early Saturday, and officials fear the death toll to rise as emergency crews from reaching the most remote locations.
Near the mouth of the Maule River, the city of Constitution, 365 kilometers south of Santiago de Chile, who knew from day spa manor in the past, seems now a war zone after the tsunami. Minutes after the earthquake, two major waves of about eight feet each, they advanced to the city, one from the south and one from the north. Both waves crashed violently into the ocean, have witnesses, and like an avalanche, dark liquid emptied over the city and went through the riverbed and from the sea. Two waves fell after and moved eight blocks inland. A wave was 15 feet, witnesses say.
With a thunderous noise, louder than the earthquake, the wall of water was dragging his way home, cars, poles, trees and people. A school, a gas station, truck-trailer: the tsunami which engulfed all hungry animal. A red car in a family fleeing fought the strong current. The driver wanted to turn up the highest areas, the car was stopped for an instant, but was defeated. The water shattered the windows of the car and sucked the family from the inside, was another witness. Today the red sedan is just one of the Constitution remains silent covering.
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