• Short Summary

    Saturday, May 21, disaster struck the South American country of Chile, and persisted for at least six days.

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    AIR V. Chile coastline, damaged bridge.
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    NEARER AIR V. Ditto, devastation.
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    AIR V. Rocky coastline.
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    LV.PAN.Up church steeple at angle.
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    INT.SHOT.PAN Down wrecked church.
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    CU. Virgin Mary statue among debris.
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    GV. Wreckage in street, rescuers etc.
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    LV.PAN.Wrecked building.
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    SV.PAN.Down wrecked building.
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    STV. Homeless with belongings.
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    STV.PAN.People in procession with floral tributes.
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    CU. Weeping women.
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    SCU. Man consoles weeping woman.
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    GV. Procession of mourners.
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    LV. US rescue plane on airfield.
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    SV. Injured on stretcher carried to plane.
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    CU. Ditto.
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    LV.PAN.Wrecked bridge.
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    GV. Ditto.
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    STV. Homeless around small fire.
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    SV.INT.Homeless people.
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    LV. Homeless people in street wrapped in blankets.
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    LV. Homeless in street.
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    LV. People retrieve belongings from wreckage.
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    GV. Wrecked dwelling.
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    LV. Woman walks among debris of dwelling.
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    Initials JRG/V/AHS/CW


    EDITORS SEE ALSO 3463/60.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Saturday, May 21, disaster struck the South American country of Chile, and persisted for at least six days. Earthquakes and lava-spewing volcanoes toppled buildings and buried farms and homes. Thousands died - the exact figures have yet to be published - and at least a million were made homeless.

    On the coast, tidal waves thrashed at dock and harbour installations, ripping them apart, scattering the debris. Six volcanoes of long standing spouted ashes and red-hot lava and a new one was born amid the terror and destruction.

    Heavy rains added to the misery of thousands sleeping in the open, their homes destroyed. Whole towns and villages disappeared into the gaping earth.

    Islands off Chile have suffered as much as the mainland. On one of the small Chile Islands all 150 inhabitants are missing after a violent tidal wave swept the island.

    Large tracts of the countryside are covered with volcanic ashes and in the Cautin Province, birthplace of the new volcano, the terrain sunk as much as 1,000 feet over a 25-miles stretch.

    Other Pacific islands and nations have suffered with varying degrees of severity - in Hawaii fifty people are missing or dead, millions of dollars worth of harbour installations damaged. Japan - tidal waves made many homeless, hundreds of casualties reported. Australia and New Zealand mildly hit by heavy seas. Los Angeles USA - ships and small boats dashed to pieces by tidal waves.

    But of all Puerto Montt, central city of the Chile province that spawned these earth shocks, has suffered greatest. The port city lies in ruins. Half the houses have crumbled into dust, troops patrol against looters. Electricity and water supplies severed.

    But help has been fast coming from US Aur Force units in the area. And from the USA dozens of planes are flying field hospitals and supplies to stricken Chile.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1YBZ1VEEDRYU9WCAYK3ZMTSOD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1YBZ1VEEDRYU9WCAYK3ZMTSOD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
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