Chile Killer Quake

A scene from the INFERNO

It was a warm summer evening, and the citizens of Santiago were strolling through parks, or gathered before TV sets or driving home after the final weekend of the traditional vacation period. Suddenly, the earth began to shake. First came one tremor and then, two minutes later, another even more intense. Buildings shuddered, chunks of concrete rained down on the streets, cars were bounced around. The front walls of the city hall and the Municipal Theater collapsed. Many of the capital's aging churches and public buildings began to cave in. In panic, people streamed into the streets carrying mattresses, televisions, stereos...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!