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PostSubject: The Obliterated Town Of Dichato To The South And The Reeling   Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:12 am

Small towns such as Curanipe, Tregualemu and Buchupureo have become surfing hubs, joining the Chilean surfing capital, Pichilemu, to the north. Surf shops, campsites, restaurants and other facilities have sprung up, providing a boost for an economy traditionally reliant on farming, ranching and fishing.A quick tour Saturday indicated that quake damage in the area was spotty, but downed buildings, damaged bridges and severed roads were in evidence everywhere.Especially hard hit was Pelluhue, about five miles to the north, where a scuba team searched for bodies in an estuary. No breakdown of casualty figures was available.

But the devastation appeared less severe than in Constitucion to the north, the obliterated town of Dichato to the south and the reeling city of Concepcion.Some here speculated that this region's proximity to the epicenter may have been an asset: The tsunami may have struck with somewhat less force than in spots farther up or down the coast. In some coastal areas, the tsunami surges did more damage than the earthquake did.The surfing zone here still mostly remains without running water, electricity or access to drinking water. Most shops like mubuy.

"As soon as the quake happened, we started to organize to help," said Matias Alcalde, 24, a hydraulic engineering student and surfer from Santiago who helped found a support group to aid the coast words mural, sending out the word via the Internet.Alcalde, in baggy shorts, sunglasses and sneakers, could have passed as a visiting Southern California surfer as he helped coordinate the arrival of volunteers and aid near the debris-laden beachfront."We surfers love the area," Alcalde said, "and we want to give something back to the people who have been so kind and generous to us baby mural."
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