By Andreas Lexer, Caritas Communications Officer in Chile
Iloca used to be a beautiful little village everybody went to in the summer, about 100 km away from the city of Talca.
The blue, red and yellow coloured houses built on poles were close to the shore, the river ran in to the sea just in front of the village and a sand dune kept the Pacific Ocean well away. On Saturday, February 27th, everything changed.
After the 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at 3.34 in the morning people were wide awake.
“We immediately knew we had to leave”, says Mavet Rivera, who ran a little fish store close to the Beach. So she took her three sons, jumped into the next car and went up the hill. Then the sea rolled in.
Three waves washed away Iloca. “The radio was telling us that there would not be a Tsunami, when we actually saw it,” […]