An amateur video has captured the moments after a tsunami, triggered by the massive earthquake, hit the Chilean town of Dichato.
The scene along much of the country’s coast line is one of destruction after huge waves swept into villages.
In Iloca, close to the epicentre, locals managed to survive by climbing up the nearest hill top. Their possessions were left behind in the panic to escape.
Boats tossed up like toys and left strewn inland illustrate the force of the tsunami. In the port town of Talcahuano it arrived just as several strong aftershocks rattled the area.
A lack of drinking water, food and fuel are adding to the hardships facing thousands of people as are impassable roads and limited communications.