Chile Quake: Emergency Without Parallel
A vineyard worker carries grapes in Majadilla, Chile, on March 10, as workers returned to work after the earthquake that ravaged infrastructure for the nation's important fish and wine sectors.
Losses from the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February totaled $250 million in spilled wine alone. Chilean winemakers, who export much of their fruity, inexpensive varieties to the United States, are cleaning up from the temblor and trying to resume production. "You have to get up, work, rebuild," says winemaker Sebastian Astaburuaga. "The only way to survive is to work."
March 21, 2010 The Chilean capital, Santiago, withstood last month's 8.8 magnitude earthquake remarkably well. But mental health experts say the earthquake and the powerful aftershocks that followed it are having strong psychological effects, particularly on children.
March 10, 2010 Chile is on the verge of a political transition. Outgoing President Michelle Bachelet is trying to preserve her reputation after the earthquake, while the president-elect, Sebastian Pinera, is trying to establish his reputation as a man who can rebuild the damaged country.
March 4, 2010 Crime is low in Chile, a country considered Latin America's most politically and socially stable. So the widespread looting that has followed last weekend's earthquake astonished many Chileans — and has people questioning just how much progress Chile has really made.
March 4, 2010 Chile's military began delivering convoys filled with plastic bags of oil, flour and canned beans to areas ravaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami. But some residents have mixed feelings about the first significant presence of soldiers in the streets since the brutal Pinochet regime in the 1970s and '80s.
March 3, 2010 Chile is dealing with one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, just as President Michelle Bachelet's term is set to expire. She has been strongly criticized in Chile for her response to the quake, and some say the impending transition has complicated relief efforts.
March 3, 2010 The magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile appears to have altered the rotation of the Earth, changing the length of the day by a tiny amount and shifting the location of the poles by a few inches. Large quakes have a history of doing just that, even if the changes are far too small to have any meaningful effect.
March 2, 2010 In the wake of Saturday's deadly earthquake, Paul Simons, the U.S. ambassador to Chile, says communications equipment, field hospitals and water-purification systems are en route to the country, while the U.S. is working to deliver other items on the list.
March 2, 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Santiago on Tuesday, pledging that the U.S. is "ready to help in any way" following the 8.8 magnitude quake and tsunami that struck on Saturday, devastating coastal areas. Meanwhile, Bachelet said the city of Concepcion was under control since thousands of troops had been deployed for security after widespread looting.