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April 1, 2012

Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile

Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile

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Roberto Córdova won the primary elections. Pictured during an interview in November 2010.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pichilemu, Chile – Incumbent mayor of the Chilean commune of Pichilemu, Roberto Córdova Carreño (Socialist Party) won the primary elections —qualified as “historic” by local newspaper Expreso de la Costa— to choose a unique candidate for mayor representing the Concertación de Partidos por la Democracia (Concert of Parties for Democracy) coalition of left-winged parties in the next municipal elections of October 28. The elections were held in the Digna Camilo Aguilar School. Córdova ran against incumbent councillor Andrea Aranda (Party for Democracy).

Anyone inscribed in the poll registry before November 30, 2011 and without membership in non-Concertación parties can participate in the election. Simultaneously, similar elections are were held in thirteen other communes of the O’Higgins Region, including regional capital Rancagua and Santa Cruz.

Both Aranda and Córdova participated on Saturday night in a televised debate hosted by municipal worker Fabricio Cáceres Jorquera in his program Cóctel de Sábado, broadcasted by Canal 3 Pichilemu.

The candidates

Roberto Córdova

Roberto del Carmen Córdova Carreño is the current mayor of the commune of Pichilemu. He was elected during a city council meeting in September 2009, after Mayor Marcelo Cabrera Martínez was forced to leave office permanently. Córdova is a Performance Engineer in Public Management.

Amongst other things, Córdova had to face the emergency triggered by the 2010 Chile earthquake and the subsequent Pichilemu earthquake. He also inaugurated the renovated Agustín Ross Cultural Centre with then-President Michelle Bachelet.

During his primary campaign, he reportedly visited rural areas such as Rodeíllo with a small group of people. His slogan is “Pichilemu, better every day.” (“Pichilemu, cada día mejor.”)

As reported by El Expreso de la Costa, he is supported by the regional president of the Party for Democracy (Aranda’s party) Leandro Sánchez, and senator Juan Pablo Letelier.

“In this voluntary but necessary election, I invite everyone [to vote] for Pichilemu to be better every day,” Córdova said to El Expreso.

Aranda in August 2011, during the Marcha por la Educación Gratuita in Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

Andrea Aranda

Andrea Natalia Aranda Escudero currently is one of the five councillors of Pichilemu, elected in 2008. She is married to Jorge Vargas, former Mayor of Pichilemu, with whom she has three daughters: Camila, Alicia, and Emilia. She is, by profession, a midwife.

She has been criticized by local media as following in the footsteps of her husband, Jorge Vargas, currently prohibited from active politics following his arrest for bribery.

Additionally, an anonymous editor of El Expreso de la Costa nicknamed Bellaco wrote: “[Aranda] assures her contender is campaigning with municipal funds, somebody asked, does she forget her husband made the same thing years before when he was elected for three terms?”

During her campaign, she visited places such as Cardonal de Panilonco, and organized several meetings with local leaders. Her slogan is “With woman’s strength.” (“Con fuerza de mujer.”)

Aranda wrote in an open letter published in El Expreso de la Costa: “As a woman, I’m sensitive to human necessity, and brave to defend the cause of family. My commitment is to work, providing all my capacities, for concrete works and materialization of dreams with you.”

Results

The primary elections were held at Digna Camilo Aguilar School.
Image: Diego Grez.

At 19:12 local time (22:12 UTC), regional newspaper El Pulso reported Córdova won the election, on Twitter.

The final results, as published by local TV channel Canal 3 Pichilemu on Twitter, are the following:

  • Roberto Córdova – 1,903 (73.1%)
  • Andrea Aranda – 699 (23.9%)
  • Total votes – 2,602 (100%)

Andrea Aranda said she “will continue to work for the people” and accused she was “the victim of a campaign of terror” against her. She later personally congratulated Roberto Córdova, who said “the election leaves several morals to local democracy,” and announced he would make an appeareance in Los Navegantes “to thank those who voted for him and those who did not.”



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November 1, 2011

Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five

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Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five

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  • 9 September 2012: Wikinews interviews Diego Grez, Chilean earthquake survivor
  • 1 April 2012: Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile
  • 1 November 2011: Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five
  • 4 June 2011: Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile
  • 28 May 2011: Paraguayan ambassador to Chile visits Pichilemu hacienda after ‘slavery’ controversy
Location of Pichilemu in the O’Higgins Region

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The burnt home on Monday morning.
Image: Diego Grez.

A family of four adults and one minor has been reported dead after the house they were inhabiting in the city of Pichilemu, in Chile was allegedly intentionally set on fire on Sunday morning.

The fire was reported for the first time at around 8:00 AM local time (11:00 UTC). The house was located in Dionisio Acevedo Street, in front of the Inmaculada Concepción Catholic Church of Pichilemu. According to eyewitnesses, it was “intentionally caused by a group of drunken teenagers.” Another eyewitness said it was “the greatest fire she ever saw in Pichilemu. It was a real hell.”

The owner said she was “extremely upset.” “I did not rent the home to anyone, now I have nothing, I came for the money, but they aren’t here it seems,” she told live radio. Mayor Roberto Córdova told Radio Somos Pichilemu presenter Esteban Araneda “it was highly doubtful [the owner] wasn’t aware these persons were inhabiting the home. It’s a great tragedy for the Pichileminian and couldn’t pass unnoticed.”

Officials said the bodies have not yet been identified. The police haven’t been able to contact their respective relatives.

Dozens of people gathered outside the burnt house during Sunday afternoon. It is believed that the fire affected at least five other homes.



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May 30, 2011

Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile

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Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile

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  • 9 September 2012: Wikinews interviews Diego Grez, Chilean earthquake survivor
  • 1 April 2012: Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile
  • 1 November 2011: Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five
  • 4 June 2011: Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile
  • 28 May 2011: Paraguayan ambassador to Chile visits Pichilemu hacienda after ‘slavery’ controversy
Location of Pichilemu in the O’Higgins Region

Monday, May 30, 2011

Promotional poster of the world championship.
Image: Quiksilver.

Attendants to the Quiksilver ceremonial, looking forwards to the Punta de Lobos rocks.
Image: Diego Grez.

The fourteenth Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos Big Wave Invitational surf championship took place on Saturday in the Chilean city of Pichilemu, often called the “Capital of the Surf.” In this year’s competition, 24 surfers from countries such as South Africa, Peru, Chile, the United States, and Argentina participated in the championship, including Pichileminians Ramón Navarro and Cristian Merelló, and Hawaiian Köhl Christensen. The surfers competed for a US$20,000 prize.

Background

The Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos has been a tradition since 1998. Christensen won that championship, and has regularly participated in it since then, according to La Tercera. “If [the Chilean waves] weren’t that good, I wouldn’t come back. They’re powerful, that’s what makes of Chile a great place to train,” Christensen told La Tercera.

The competition was scheduled to take place sometime between April 1 and May 31; it was confirmed to take place on May 28 by Gary Linden, the Big Wave World Tour Contest Director. “We are excited to kick off the 2011 Big Wave World Tour with the third annual Quiksilver Ceremonial. […] It looks like patience is going to pay off as we are expecting surf in the 30 to 40 foot range with light winds and good lighting making for the perfect start to season,” Linden said.

“The Quiksilver Ceremonial is one of the world’s most anticipated big wave events, featuring some of the best waves and skilled surfers from around the globe,” Hawaiian media Aloha Update reported. Carlos Ferrer, marketing manager of Quiksilver Chile, said: “This championship has managed to put itself as one of the great dates of the worldwide surfing scene. It is of international class.”

Mayor of Pichilemu Roberto Córdova with the championship organizers on Thursday.
Image: Pichilemu city hall.

On Thursday, Mayor of Pichilemu Roberto Córdova reunited with organizers of the ceremonial, Carlos Ferrer, Gary Linden, and Ricardo Parot from Wetfly Productions, at the Pichilemu city hall. “The mayor reiterates his commitment to the community with these kinds of events in the low-season as they are great attractions that help support Pichilemu’s tourism industry,” city hall representatives said on its Facebook profile.

Many people visited Punta de Lobos on Friday, as the surfers were practicing. “There was great expectation in Punta de Lobos yesterday [on Friday],” La Tercera reported. “It has arrived the same amount of people coming a long holiday weekend to Pichilemu, but this time, only to see the championship,” director of surf magazine Glass.cl Rodrigo Farías told the newspaper. Farías also told La Tercera that during last year’s ceremonial there were waves eight-meters high, and “[Saturday]’s waves are expected to be more ordained.” He predicted that it would be “a bit cloudy, and there will be more time between one wave and another, so there could be more tubes, which will be much better visually.”

The championship

Video footage of the first stage of the semi finals of the Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos.
Image: Diego Grez.

The surfers dropped into the sea to begin the championship at 07:30 local time (11:30 UTC). It is estimated that least two thousand people from Chile and other countries attended the event throughout the day. A helicopter flew overhead at Punta de Lobos, recording and photographing the surfers and attendants. The attendants were given free fruit juice, fruits, as well as Red Bull drinks at the end of the day.

The 24 competing surfers were: Köhl Christensen, Carlos Burle, Marcos Monteiro, Peter Mel, Chris Bertish, Ramón Navarro, Diego Medina, Cristian Merello, Rusty Long, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Fernando Zegers, Reinaldo Ibarra, Greg Long, Gabriel Villarán, Jamie Sterling, Anthony Taschnick, Mark Healey, Kealii Mamala, Jaimie Mitchell, Danilo Couto, Sebastian de Romana, León Vicuña, and Matías López.

The Quiksilver Ceremonial Punta de Lobos was broadcasted live in HD quality for the first time in the championship’s history through its official website. The footage included underwater shots.

The championship lasted until 17:30 local time (21:30 UTC), and the results were as follows:


# Name Country Score
1 Marcos Monteiro Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 21.17
2 Ramón Navarro Flag of Chile.svg Chile 19.32
3 Gabriel Villarán Flag of Peru.svg Peru 14.81
4 Köhl Christiensen Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg USA 2.00
5 Cristián Merelló Flag of Chile.svg Chile 0.00
5 Greg Long Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg USA 0.00

“Viva Brazil! Firstly I want to thank God, because everyone’s okay and nobody got injured. I also want to thank the residents of Pichilemu for giving us good vibes and to the jet-skis pilots, who worked hard all day. I knew this day was going to come,” Marcos Monteiro, the winning surfer said shortly after the championship ended during a press conference.

The Big World Tour’s next stop is Pico Alto, Peru, on July 1.

Photographs

It is estimated that at least two thousand people visited Pichilemu and Punta de Lobos to watch the Quiksilver championship. Image: Diego Grez.It is estimated that at least two thousand people visited Pichilemu and Punta de Lobos to watch the Quiksilver championship.
Image: Diego Grez.

People arriving at Punta de Lobos to watch the championship. Image: Diego Grez.People arriving at Punta de Lobos to watch the championship.
Image: Diego Grez.

There were several rescuers at sea. Image: Diego Grez.There were several rescuers at sea.
Image: Diego Grez.
Partial view of the Punta de Lobos beach. Image: Diego Grez.Partial view of the Punta de Lobos beach.
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Billowing flags of several countries, representing the competing surfers. Image: Diego Grez.Billowing flags of several countries, representing the competing surfers.
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There was a skate ramp, where local skaters could play. In the picture, from left to right, local skaters Demetrio Vidueira, Matías Herman, and Jacob Soto. Image: Diego Grez.There was a skate ramp, where local skaters could play. In the picture, from left to right, local skaters Demetrio Vidueira, Matías Herman, and Jacob Soto.
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April 20, 2011

Surfer dies at beach in Pichilemu, Chile

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Paulina Tapia (left), near the Punta de Lobos rocks (at the right), in August 2010.
Image: Paulina Constanza Tapia Figueroa’s Facebook profile.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Los Navegantes, Pichilemu, Chile – Paulina Constanza Tapia Figueroa, 25, a surfer native to Pichilemu, known worldwide as the “Surf Capital”, died on Monday, at Punta de Lobos beach, about seven kilometers south of the city.

Her body was discovered by fishermen in the area, who called Pichilemu Police officers, who along with Homicide Brigade of the Investigations Police of Chile (PDI) officers, arrived at the place and took the body to the Forensic Medical Service offices in San Fernando.

Tapia had been practicing surfing for years, and earlier that day, had been accompanied with her friends. “A shellfish diver of the area noticed a surfboard floating, he approached it and saw that the girl [Tapia] was semisubmerged in the water. After taking her out, he realized she was dead,” Juan Reyes, officer of the Homicide Brigade of PDI told Televisión Nacional de Chile.

According to reports, Tapia either died because of a heart attack or after being hit. Third-party participation in her death was ruled out by officers.

“She had a free spirit, she loved nature, and I don’t really know what happened to her, a cramp [maybe],” Filippo Tapia, her father, told La Tercera. Josefa Tapia, her 14-year-old sister who is studying at Colegio Preciosa Sangre, seemed very affected by her death after being informed of the situation by school inspectors.

“Your sister will always be watching out and protecting you from heaven, remember the moments you and your family lived with her ​​and that made ​​you happy,” a friend of Josefa wrote on her Facebook wall.

Photos, videos, and messages such as “Paulita, rest in peace with love, I’ll miss you a lot, great waves and farewell forever,” and “My friend, I know you are in a better place having a really good time, you’re the best! I love you infinitely!” flooded Paulina Tapia’s Facebook wall.

Tapia’s body remained in the Forensic Medical Service of San Fernando on Tuesday morning, according to reports. According to Domingo Osorio Figueroa, Paulina Tapia’s remains have been veiled since Tuesday’s afternoon in the dependencies of Funerales Rodríguez, in Rancagua, capital of O’Higgins Region. A mass will be performed in the Rancagua Sur Catholic Parish, at 11:30 local time (14:30 UTC) on Wednesday, and then she will be buried in Parque Jardín Las Flores, in Machalí.



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March 29, 2011

Cardenal Caro Province governor: Pichilemu Municipality to leave 107 families homeless

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Cardenal Caro Province governor: Pichilemu Municipality to leave 107 families homeless

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  • 9 September 2012: Wikinews interviews Diego Grez, Chilean earthquake survivor
  • 1 April 2012: Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile
  • 1 November 2011: Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five
  • 4 June 2011: Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile
  • 28 May 2011: Paraguayan ambassador to Chile visits Pichilemu hacienda after ‘slavery’ controversy
Location of Pichilemu in the O’Higgins Region

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Earthquake and tsunami damage in Pichilemu, Chile. File photo.
Image: Diego Grez.

File photo of Roberto Córdova, taken in 2010.
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One year and one month after the earthquake that affected most of Chile, and triggered a destructive tsunami throughout its coast, the governor of the Cardenal Caro Province, Julio Ibarra, told El Mercurio Online that the Pichilemu Municipality “did not register, nor conducted inspection visits” to the homes of 107 families affected by the earthquake. Their registration, and the inspection visits are a needed step for those families, in order to request housing subsidies given by the government because of the catastrophe.

“We found a list of persons that had requested inspection visits from the Public Works Department [of the Pichilemu Municipality], and we were surprised to notice that that people were not registered in our system, and that the director of the Public Works Department never visited them. There is a double fault, an absolute abandonment, because the applications for the subsidies are now closed,” Julio Ibarra said.

“[…] We have received criticism that we have not advanced in terms of reconstruction, and the responsibility of giving the information [to the government] is the municipality,” Ibarra added. The governor gave the detailed information of the families to the General Comptroller of the Republic (Contraloría General de la República), and is requesting special extension of the deadlines for application to the Ministry of Housing.

“We are overdue in the issue of housing reconstruction. […] The Ministry of Housing did not create a special program for the housing reconstruction, they are using the same programs implemented in 2004, [or] 2005, to try to give a solution to the people,” Mayor of Pichilemu, Roberto Córdova, told Wikinews in November 2010.



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March 12, 2011

Special report on Japanese tsunami emergency in Pichilemu, Chile

Special report on Japanese tsunami emergency in Pichilemu, Chile

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

In Pichilemu, even boats were evacuated. The ones pictured were at the beach on Friday morning, but fishermen took them to higher ground to prevent unnecessary damage.
Image: Diego Grez.

On Friday, a strong earthquake in Japan triggered a massive tsunami throughout the Pacific Ocean. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera declared a “preventive tsunami warning” that morning. “I want to express my, and Chilean people’s solidarity with the Japanese government and people, who were hit by one of the worse earthquakes and tsunamis in the history of mankind,” Piñera said. Later that day, the tsunami first reached Chilean territory in Easter Island, without causing any damage.

Meanwhile, in Pichilemu, O’Higgins Region, the tsunami warning caused panic amid people. “It reminds me of 4 October 1994 [after an earthquake in Russia provoked a tsunami throughout the Pacific], when we had to leave everything and either go to the hill or Santa Cruz,”((es)) a fisherman told Wikinews.

Schools executed the Francisca Cooper Integral Evacuation and School Safety Plan, a preventive emergency operation against earthquakes, fires, and other emergencies, during Friday morning. The operation, officially called “Cooper Plan”, is named after Francisca Cooper, killed in Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami.

During the afternoon, people living or owning stores, restaurants, and kiosks near the beach began to take their belongings away, due to the potential damage the tsunami would cause. Police officers did not allow cars to pass by the nearest street to the beach, the Costanera Avenue, especially in the Cardenal Caro Province Government area; however, curious people traveling on foot were able to see the strong waves hitting the Pichilemu shoreline before the eventual tsunami. The Agustín Ross Balcony was used mostly for that purpose, until Investigations Police of Chile (Chilean equivalent to the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation) told people to leave the area because “it was dangerous.”

At around 16:30 local time (19:30 UTC), the Intendant of O’Higgins Region, Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna, arrived at Pichilemu Municipal Stadium in a helicopter, to inform Mayor Roberto Córdova of what he and other authorities should do because of the emergency, according to reports.

Fishermen took their boats away from the beach. “I don’t want to lose it [the boat] again, we were already very affected by the February 27 earthquake and I just don’t want that to happen again; we still have time,” a fisherman, Manuel González said.

At around 21:30 local time (00:30 UTC), heavy rain began to fall in the city. Most of the people who evacuated to the La Cruz Hill quickly went back to their houses, despite most of them being too close to the beach to be safe. Some of them preferred to stay in refuges provided by the municipality of Pichilemu: the Pichilemu Municipal Gymnasium, and the Pueblo de Viudas Primary School. Fabricio Cáceres said on Canal 3 Pichilemu that “people should stay calm,” and that the tsunami “would not be any worse than February 27’s.” Personnel of the Pichilemu Police, the Pichilemu Fire Bureau, and Investigations Police of Chile kept on patrolling the city’s streets.

The Pichilemu Hospital, located around 100 meters from the beach, was moved temporarily to the Agustín Ross Edwards High School facilities.

The tsunami waves finally hit Pichilemu at around 03:30 local time (06:30 UTC) on Saturday, damaging some kiosks that were too close to the beach. In Playa Hermosa, around three kilometers south of the center of the city, the tsunami even reached houses and cabañas, but caused no damage. Some reports on Radio Entre Olas say that the tsunami reached up to 70 meters inland. According to Hernán de Solminihac, Minister of Public Works, Pichilemu’s Caleta de Pescadores (Fishermen Creek, almost completely destroyed on February 27, 2010 after that day’s earthquake) suffered minor damage.

The tsunami warning was lifted in most of Chilean territory but “Arica, Iquique, Antofagüasta [sic], Caldera, Constitución, Talcahuano, and Lebu,” by Sebastián Piñera at 10:45 local time (13:45 UTC) on Saturday.

Governor of Cardenal Caro Julio Ibarra said that “around 10,000 people were evacuated in Pichilemu to Pueblo de Viudas or La Cruz Hill,” and that the tsunami was “just meters away from affecting the [Cardenal Caro] province government building.”

A police officer preventing people from accessing Pichilemu's closest street to the beach, the Costanera. Image: Diego Grez.

A police officer preventing people from accessing Pichilemu’s closest street to the beach, the Costanera.
Image: Diego Grez.

People taking their belongings from a kiosk located near the Pichilemu costanera. Image: Diego Grez.

People taking their belongings from a kiosk located near the Pichilemu costanera.
Image: Diego Grez.

All of the boats in the Pichilemu beach were taken away from it, to prevent their destruction. Boats waiting for transportation to higher ground in Las Terrazas Beach, pictured. Image: Diego Grez.

All of the boats in the Pichilemu beach were taken away from it, to prevent their destruction. Boats waiting for transportation to higher ground in Las Terrazas Beach, pictured.
Image: Diego Grez.

People photographing and looking at the sea, in the Agustín Ross Balcony. Image: Diego Grez.

People photographing and looking at the sea, in the Agustín Ross Balcony.
Image: Diego Grez.

The Agustín Ross Balcony, with people looking at the sea and taking photographs, on Friday. Image: Diego Grez.

The Agustín Ross Balcony, with people looking at the sea and taking photographs, on Friday.
Image: Diego Grez.

Many people went to look at the sea's behavior, at Agustín Ross Balcony, as can be seen on the photograph. Image: Diego Grez.

Many people went to look at the sea’s behavior, at Agustín Ross Balcony, as can be seen on the photograph.
Image: Diego Grez.

View of the Pichilemu beach from Agustín Ross Balcony. Image: Diego Grez.

View of the Pichilemu beach from Agustín Ross Balcony.
Image: Diego Grez.

Personnel of the Investigations Police of Chile went to evacuate people near the Pichilemu beach, on Friday afternoon. Image: Diego Grez.

Personnel of the Investigations Police of Chile went to evacuate people near the Pichilemu beach, on Friday afternoon.
Image: Diego Grez.

Investigations Police of Chile personnel telling people to leave the Pichilemu costanera, on Friday afternoon. Image: Diego Grez.

Investigations Police of Chile personnel telling people to leave the Pichilemu costanera, on Friday afternoon.
Image: Diego Grez.

Some people, disregarding police advice, went to look at the sea's behavior. In the picture, people in el Mirador near Agustín Ross Park. Image: Diego Grez.

Some people, disregarding police advice, went to look at the sea’s behavior. In the picture, people in el Mirador near Agustín Ross Park.
Image: Diego Grez.

Overview of the coast of Pichilemu, on Friday afternoon. Image: Diego Grez.

Overview of the coast of Pichilemu, on Friday afternoon.
Image: Diego Grez.

Most stores, kiosks, homes, and restaurants in the Pichilemu costanera were evacuated during the tsunami warning. In the picture, Entre Mar Restaurant. Image: Diego Grez.

Most stores, kiosks, homes, and restaurants in the Pichilemu costanera were evacuated during the tsunami warning. In the picture, Entre Mar Restaurant.
Image: Diego Grez.

Pichilemu Fire Bureau (Bomberos de Pichilemu) personnel on-scene, patrolling the Pichilemu Los Jardínes area. Image: Diego Grez.

Pichilemu Fire Bureau (Bomberos de Pichilemu) personnel on-scene, patrolling the Pichilemu Los Jardínes area.
Image: Diego Grez.

Heavy rains affected Pichilemu on Friday night. View of Agustín Ross Avenue is pictured. Image: Diego Grez.

Heavy rains affected Pichilemu on Friday night. View of Agustín Ross Avenue is pictured.
Image: Diego Grez.

The Pichilemu Hospital, located around 100 meters from the Infiernillo beach, evacuated to the Agustín Ross Edwards High School facilities. A truck moving medical materials is seen in the picture. Image: Diego Grez.

The Pichilemu Hospital, located around 100 meters from the Infiernillo beach, evacuated to the Agustín Ross Edwards High School facilities. A truck moving medical materials is seen in the picture.
Image: Diego Grez.

Strong waves were hitting the Pichilemu coast all the day. Picture taken at around 22:00 local time on Friday (01:00 UTC on Saturday). Image: Diego Grez.

Strong waves were hitting the Pichilemu coast all the day. Picture taken at around 22:00 local time on Friday (01:00 UTC on Saturday).
Image: Diego Grez.

According to Governor Julio Ibarra, the tsunami wave

According to Governor Julio Ibarra, the tsunami wave “almost” reached the Government of Cardenal Caro Province building, pictured on March 12, 2011.
Image: Diego Grez.

Some strong waves were still hitting Pichilemu beach as of Mrach 12, 2011 at 14:20 local time (17:20 UTC). Image: Diego Grez.

Some strong waves were still hitting Pichilemu beach as of Saturday at 14:20 local time (17:20 UTC).
Image: Diego Grez.

All of the fishing boats of Pichilemu were taken to higher ground after the tsunami warning issued on Friday morning. The boat pictured, La Orca, is in Agustín Ross Avenue. Image: Diego Grez.

All of the fishing boats of Pichilemu were taken to higher ground after the tsunami warning issued on Friday morning. The boat pictured, La Orca, is in Agustín Ross Avenue.
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November 25, 2010

Pichilemu, Chile\’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to be inaugurated

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“The outfall is the great solution to get rid of the wastewaters of Pichilemu,” said former Mayor of Pichilemu, Jorge Vargas González some years ago.

The Pichilemu, Chile Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has been already working for months, was announced to be officially inaugurated today, according to Pichilemu News. The plant is located in the eastern side of the city, near its entrance by San Antonio de Petrel.

The plant was constructed in part as a result of complaints by Agrupación Ciudadana por un Pichilemu Limpio (Citizen Group for a Clean Pichilemu). The group’s goal was to protect the coastline and stop water pollution. The group was formed in 2005, after it became known that the Mayor of Pichilemu, at the time Jorge Vargas González, supported the construction of an outfall right in front of the Governorate building of Cardenal Caro Province, as the original ESSBIO’s (Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios del Bío Bío; in English, Sanitary Services Company of the Bío Bío) proposal said, according to Pichilemu News. Vargas said that the outfall was “the great solution to get rid of the wastewaters of Pichilemu.”

Although the plant’s construction started in March 2008, the final project, which took into account Agrupación por un Pichilemu Limpio’s complaints, was originally announced three months later during Fiesta por un Pichilemu Limpio (Festival for a Clean Pichilemu) by Mayor Marcelo Cabrera Martínez and Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte. According to ESSBIO, 3.885 billion pesos (7.88 million US dollars) were invested in the construction of the wastewater treatment plant.

The inauguration will be attended by Minister of Public Works, Hernán de Solminihac, Mayor Roberto Córdova, along with other national, regional, and local authorities, according to reports.



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October 24, 2010

Wikinews investigates the reconstruction of Pichilemu, Chile after February earthquake

Wikinews investigates the reconstruction of Pichilemu, Chile after February earthquake

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A recently constructed kiosk with the new design. Image: Diego Grez. The original design of the kiosk, as shown in the plans by the Municipality. Image: Ilustre Municipalidad de Pichilemu.

Left: A recently constructed kiosk with the new design. Image: Diego Grez.
Right: The original design of the kiosk, as shown in the plans by the Municipality. Image: Ilustre Municipalidad de Pichilemu.

Eight months after a catastrophic earthquake, Wikinews has investigated the devastation caused in February and the reconstruction of Pichilemu, Chile. The February 27 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami completely destroyed Pichilemu’s most coastal street and its oldest villages. Wikinews has also had access to the original design plans of the new kiosks in Pichilemu, and conducted an interview with merchant Alejandro Mella, known locally as the King of the Cochayuyo (“El Rey del Cochayuyo”), who lost his kiosk after the earthquake.

Pichilemu is a coastal city in the O’Higgins Region of Chile, known as one of the “best surfing spots” in South America. Its current Mayor is Roberto Córdova Carreño, who was elected internally by the Councillors of the city in September 2009, after several political controversies that ended with three Mayors being displaced.

The territory of Pichilemu has a surface of 7,491 square kilometers, and comprises at least 24 villages, such as Ciruelos, Rodeíllo and Espinillo (the latter two also severely damaged by the March 11 earthquake). Pichilemu is the most popular beach in O’Higgins Region, and many tourists visit it every summer.

‘The house moved from side to side. I really thought it was going to fall’: First earthquake strikes

People in Pichilemu fled to La Cruz Hill, the village of Pueblo de Viudas, or simply they left the city, risking themselves because roads were very damaged. In the picture, people near Los Navegantes, going to La Cruz Hill.
Image: Diego Grez.

The earthquake took place in what is considered the “last weekend in the summer;” on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 03:34 local time (06:34 UTC), while almost all Chileans were sleeping. Hours earlier, on Friday, thousands of people had arrived at Pichilemu. “The house moved from side to side. I really thought it was going to fall. It was 3 or 4 minutes long,” Diego Grez, a Chilean student who was in Pichilemu at the time of the quake, told Wikinews in an interview.

A concert was being held at the One Discotheque when the earthquake occurred. It is said that the audience panicked and fled outside the discothèque, and then to the La Cruz Hill. Most tourists fled outside the city right after the earthquake occurred, but many others opted to stay in the La Cruz Hill or the village of Pueblo de Viudas, which are the higher points in the city.

“Pichilemu is the symbolic beach resort in the Sixth Region [of O’Higgins], so it was not strange to even think that [during] the last weekend before the entrance to school, many people would be going to take advantage of it to take a vacation; and that’s what happened,” reported El Rancagüino, the most important newspaper in O’Higgins Region, on February 28.

Agustín Ross Balcony after the earthquake and tsunami.
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The only radio broadcasting in the area was Entre Olas, directed by Jorge Nasser, which also helped Pichileminians know what happened in other affected places by the earthquake, as they re-broadcasted the audio of Televisión Nacional de Chile (National Television of Chile). On the day of the earthquake, the station reported that a local police truck had crashed near La Cruz Hill. There was no tsunami warning, and Mayor Córdova was away on holiday when the earthquake struck.

“Those who live in Pichilemu, and those who were visiting it, were surprised by the giant waves that annihilated its beach and reached the city’s square, destroying everything on their way,” reported El Morrocotudo on February 28. “The most tough thing occurred when the firefighters’ alarms sounded twice, and the people in the hill began to yell ‘tsunami!’,” journalist Tania Arce told the newspaper.

The earthquake destroyed one of Pichilemu’s oldest and iconic buildings, the post office, which was demolished in July. The urban centre of Pichilemu was not severely damaged by the earthquake, but its subsequent tsunami caused most of the destruction. The Agustín Ross architecture in the city (three of his buildings are National Monuments of Chile) was damaged. Agustín Ross Balcony was completely destroyed.

‘It’s something unforgettable to me, I’m proud I saved all of those lives’

The tsunami destroyed most of Pichilemu’s coastal street establishments, including kiosks, restaurants and hotels. The picture shows the Donde Esaú Restaurant, which was severely damaged by both the tsunami and earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

According to SHOA, the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy, the tsunami triggered by the earthquake first reached Pichilemu, at 03:48 (06:48 UTC). A second wave came at 04:15 (07:15 UTC).

Policeman José Arévalo was the only person to warn residents that a tsunami was approaching. Arévalo was patrolling the Las Terrazas beach, when the earthquake occurred. He told El Rancahuaso there were around 25 people in the beach. “Right after the quake, he noticed the sea had shrank around 500 meters inside. He took his megaphone, and shouted people should leave the place instantly.” “The sea is coming out! The sea is coming out!,” he shouted. “The warning was also preceived by nightclubs and pubs surrounding the costanera. Then, the tragedy occurred. The sea destroyed everything on its way,” El Rancahuaso reported. “It all was really quick. Everyone is safe, luckily [..] It’s something unforgettable to me, I’m proud I saved all of those lives,” Arévalo added.

The tsunami destroyed restaurants, hotels, kiosks, the Fishermen Store (Caleta de Pescadores), surf schools, the Agustín Ross Balcony (located right in front of the Las Terrazas beach) and houses near the costanera (the nearest street to the beach), and flooded the building of the Government of Cardenal Caro Province, the boarding school of Pichilemu, the city square (Arturo Prat Square), and the Supermarket El 9.

A local worker, Ricardo Vivanco, also known as “El Gordo” (“The Fat one”), almost was killed by a tsunami, ignoring warnings by the Police and the Fire Bureau. Vivanco was drunk, and went down to the Las Terrazas beach with his friends. The wave washed him away, and was hit on the Agustín Ross Balcony’s wall. His friends recorded a video and uploaded it to YouTube.

Damage in Punta de Lobos and villages

Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu’s most popular surfing beach, is located at about four kilometers south of the city’s centre.
Image: Diego Grez.

It was reported by Radio Entre Olas on February 27, that the tsunami had provoked massive damage in Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu’s most popular beach. The owner of Entre Mar, an hotel and restaurant in that beach, said the tsunami had destroyed all of his buildings there.

The village of Espinillo was badly damaged, and approximately 600 people were made homeless by the earthquake, Teletrece reported on March 16. “We are keeping the government informed, we’re also organized with some churches [sic, religious organizations] that are working voluntarily in Espinillo, Los Boldos, Alto Ramírez […] We thank a lot their work, that is not to give them mediaguas [temporary tenements], but something definitive, but I also think they need resources to do it,” Mayor Córdova said.

‘We are here because we fear about our safety’: Residents scramble after second earthquake

Many Pichileminians stayed in La Cruz Hill for several days after the March earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

On March 11, Chile was hit by a second earthquake, that reached a magnitude of 6.9, and that occurred 40 kilometers southwest of Pichilemu. It occurred at 11:39 local time (14:39 UTC), while the new President Sebastián Piñera was sworn in.

A tsunami warning was issued by SHOA, between Coquimbo and Los Lagos regions. People in Pichilemu fled again to La Cruz Hill. Military authorities assured people in the hill they were going to be safe there, and that it was unlikely a tsunami was going to hit again Chile’s coast. The tsunami warning was lifted at 15:50 local time (18:50 UTC).

People stayed in La Cruz Hill for a longer time than after the previous earthquake, and several activities were made there, such as a concert by Chilean-Brazilian singer Joe Vasconcellos. People were also given food, wood (mostly remains from the destroyed kiosks), and electricity.

“We are here because we fear about our safety. We don’t want it [a possible tsunami] to catch us. We have to settle down here and to accommodate,” Edith Larraín told to Wikinews. Mayor Córdova estimated that at least 2,000 people were staying at La Cruz Hill. Militaries and provincial authorities asked them to leave the hill on March 15, but most refused the deal. People eventually left the hill, due to complaints by the Mayor.

Eight months on, reconstruction begins

Caleta de Pescadores was destroyed almost completely after the earthquake and tsunami. The fishermen’s boats were thrown more than 200 meters away.
Image: Diego Grez.

On March 20, in collaboration with the Governor of Cardenal Caro Julio Ibarra, Colonel Raúl Melo, and the Mayor of Litueche Bernardo Cornejo, Mayor of Pichilemu Roberto Córdova announced a “tourism revival campaign” of Pichilemu, promoting the surf practice, whose goal was “to make the city go back to the normality.”

On April 4, the first monument was erected in memory of the earthquake and tsunami victims. The monument was created by local artisans, with rocks from several places of the Cardenal Caro Province. “We wanted to create this monument so we don’t forget it [the earthquake] […] This is the beginning of the reconstruction,” said Julio Ibarra. The monument was placed in front of the beach, near the building of the Cardenal Caro Government. Mayor Roberto Córdova said that “it definitely will help us reconstruct [ourselves] espiritually, [and that] is essential.”

On October 20, with the help of the Government, SERCOTEC (Technical Cooperation Service, Servicio de Cooperación Técnica) and FOSIS (Solidarity and Social Investment, Fondo de Solidaridad e Inversión Social), the Fishermen Store (Caleta de Pescadores) began to be reconstructed. Caleta de Pescadores is administered by the Independent Labour Union of Fishermen of Pichilemu (Sindicato de Trabajo Independientes de Pescadores Artesanales), which has twenty-three members.

“The Government of President Sebastián Piñera has been worried about the fishing area, carrying out several actions in help of them, after all that they’ve suffered after the earthquake and tsunami that hit them […] This area is working normally again,” Governor Ibarra said.

New kiosks; interview with Alejandro Mella

Alejandro Mella.
Image: Diego Grez.

On October 6, the Municipality of Pichilemu published the design of kiosks that were going to be constructed, as replacement of those destroyed by the earthquake. As of October 23, four kiosks have been constructed in Pichilemu, specifically on Las Terrazas beach, and two more are being constructed. According to Mauricio Grez, a construction engineer, the construction of one kiosk would cost up to US$ 2,500 (CLP 1,000,000).

Alejandro Mella, locally known as “el Rey del Cochayuyo” (“the King of the Cochayuyo”), is a merchant of Pichilemu, who promotes the cochayuyo (durvillaea antarctica), and lost his kiosk after the February earthquake and tsunami. “I was given my [former] kiosk by the Mayor Orlando Cornejo, back in 1993. It was right in front of us [in front of Las Terrazas beach, near “the grotto of the Virgin”], and was made smithereens by the tsunami,” he told Wikinews.

“I have always worked on selling cochayuyo here, and the terrain where my kiosk was located before has been disputed by private people, and the municipality approved that. I talked with the Mayor and he said ‘I don’t know what’s going on the beach’; that left me perplexed. […] I like the new design of the kiosks, they are larger, and we can do more things with it, but they are way too expensive,” he added. Mr. Mella also gave Wikinews a sample of his work as “the King of the Cochayuyo”, an essay called “El cochayuyo es una mina repleta de nutrientes y sales minerales” (“Cochayuyo is a mine full of nutrients and mineral salts”, pictured below), which he sells for 200 Chilean pesos (0.41 US$), and that contains “tips and information about the plant, and some recipes.”

A kiosk in Pichilemu, in 2007. The design is considerably different to the recently published one. Image: Diego Grez.

A kiosk in Pichilemu, in 2007. The design is considerably different to the recently published one.
Image: Diego Grez.

Isometrical view of the new Pichilemu kiosks. Image: Ilustre Municipalidad de Pichilemu.

Isometrical view of the new Pichilemu kiosks.
Image: Ilustre Municipalidad de Pichilemu.

Construction of kiosks in Las Terrazas Beach, on October 22. Image: Diego Grez.

Construction of kiosks in Las Terrazas Beach, on October 22.
Image: Diego Grez.

Front page of Alejandro Mella's essay Front page of Alejandro Mella’s essay “El cochayuyo es una mina repleta de nutrientes y sales minerales” (“Cochayuyo is a mine full of nutrients and mineral salts”), which he published under the nickname of “the king of the Cochayuyo of Pichilemu”.
Image: Alejandro Mella/Diego Grez.



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October 17, 2010

Teenager disappears in Pichilemu, Chile

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Partial view of Las Terrazas. Las Terrazas is the most popular beach in Pichilemu.
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Daisy Yáñez, a 17-year-old from El Huique, near Santa Cruz, Chile disappeared on Saturday morning.

Yáñez left a letter to her parents saying that she was “going to end her life in Pichilemu,” located more than 80 kilometers (50 mi) from El Huique. Her parents then went to the Cardenal Caro Province capital and filed a complaint for alleged misfortune with the Police.

The girl’s clothes, a backpack, a cellphone and her documents were found in “the grotto of the Virgin” (“la Gruta de la Virgen“), near the Las Terrazas beach in Pichilemu.

Chilean Army, Pichilemu Police, Seguridad Ciudadana (Public Safety Agency), and Investigations Police of Chile personnel are searching Pichilemu’s Infiernillo and Las Terrazas beaches for her body.

Yañez was suffering from depression due to family problems. “It all was sudden, there were problems in our family and she left the letter yesterday. We are very distressed,” one of her parents told Wikinews on Saturday night.



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September 18, 2010

‘Greatest parade’ in Pichilemu commemorates First Junta of Chile

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