March 1st, 2010
03:59 PM ET

Soledad O'Brien: Sadly, there are similarities between Haiti and Chile

Soledad O'Brien and Rose Arce

We couldn't have traveled farther to see the same thing.

We were returning to the United States from Haiti - where every turn continues to unveil another human tragedy even six weeks after the January 12 earthquake - when we were redirected to Chile.

An 8.8-magnitude quake had struck the area around Chile's capital, a seismic event 800 times more powerful than the one in Haiti.

Getting there was half the story. We took off from Miami, Florida, knowing the airport in Santiago was closed, so our aim was to get as close as we could. That set off a journey that would last 48 hours. We flew to Panama, Lima, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires and Bariloche, then began a very long drive through the Patagonia region of Argentina, into Chile and north into the earthquake zone.

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  1. Denise Barlow

    Several similarities: lost homes and businesses, loss of life and families suffering plus incredible devastation. Chile has one thing going for it Haiti didn't have. The country can take action unnder pressure.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  2. Ratna, New York, NY

    I have family living in Suriname. I guess that's lucky when it comes down to geographic location. Chili's quake was felt all the way in the south of Brazil.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm |