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Man, Daughter Fall 13 Stories in Chile Quake

Man, Daughter Fall 13 Stories in Chile Quake

People look at a collapsed building in Concepcion, Chile, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. A 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Chile early Saturday. [AP]

Associated Press

March 01, 2010

Abel Torres, 25, had a view of the Bio Bio River from his sixth-floor apartment. He had just gotten home from his job at a nightclub when the quake hit at 3:34 a.m.

“My TV fell on top of me and suddenly I saw stars shooting across my window,” he said.

Torres and his roommate stacked furniture to reach that window _ now a skylight _ and escaped without clothes, coated in dust.

On the second floor, Maribel Alarcon and her husband Gunther rushed to comfort their 2-year-old son Oliver when he started crying moments before the temblor.

Their concern was their salvation: Oliver’s bedroom was the only place spared in their apartment.

“We prayed a lot,” Alarcon said. “And if God let us survive, that was because someone was going to rescue us.”

Much higher in the building, Rozas was sleeping alongside his daughter when the shaking began.

“There was dust, noise, everything falling,” he said. “We went to the bathroom doorway. Then there was the fall. Finally it stopped.”

After they climbed out of the wreckage, Rozas took Fernanda to her mother’s house, then returned to help firefighters understand the layout of the toppled building.

He retrieved medicine and clothes for Fernanda. And his own guitar.

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