Aftershocks weaken Chile's quake-damaged buildings

At least seven significant aftershocks shook Chile on Saturday, one week after the earthquake that damaged this building in Concepcion. More than a half-million homes were destroyed.

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At least seven significant aftershocks shook Chile on Saturday, one week after the earthquake that damaged this building in Concepcion. More than a half-million homes were destroyed.

CONCEPCION, Chile — A father's unanswered cry for his missing son rang out Saturday from the wreckage of a fallen 15-story apartment building that has become a symbol of Chile's devastating earthquake.

"Jose Luis! Jose Luis!" cried the man, Jose Leon, peering into holes in the concrete cut by rescuers. Emergency workers said Saturday that there is no hope of finding more survivors in the building, and that continuing aftershocks have made the rubble too unstable to continue looking for 21-year-old Jose Luis Leon, the only known remaining victim not recovered.

At least seven significant aftershocks shook Chile on Saturday, the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No additional damage or injuries were reported, but aftershocks have dangerously weakened buildings all across the disaster zone.

At least 500,000 homes have been destroyed, but the figure could reach 1.5 million once surveys are complete, Housing Minister Patricia Poblete said. A week after the 8.8-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, hundreds of people are still searching for relatives each day with the help of community radio.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon visited the disaster zone Saturday, and the Chilean military is leading a massive relief and recovery effort.

Aftershocks weaken Chile's quake-damaged buildings 03/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 7:59pm]

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