7 days after Chile quake: Chileans live in fear

2010-03-07 09:50 BJT

Special Report: 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile |


Chileans continue to try and move on with their lives seven days after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the country. People remain in makeshift living quarters fearing their already damaged homes could collapse in an aftershock.

Santiago was not as badly hit as south-central Chile.

Hundreds in the capital paint their vehicles with messages of support. This bus says "Strength Chile!"

However people are still living in tent camps until authorities declare their homes safe.

Ricardo Zuniga Uribe, Resident, said, "More than anything, more than needing food, the problem here is panic. That is basically what is happening here. The people don't want to go back to their homes because the government hasn't given us any information on whether the building is safe to live in."

Parts of this apartment block have been cordoned off by police.

Those not willing to take the risk spend most of their time outside, only returning home to shower and cook food.

Michael Guerrero, Resident, said, "I don't want to go back to my house. It scares me. And I don't want anything to happen to me or my family"

The elderly and the sick are among those who remain here.

The people in these temporary homes rely on charity organizations for food at this point.

Unfortunately no food has arrived in two days.

Editor: Du Xiaodan | Source: CCTV.com