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article imageSevere winter storm: Cargo ship runs aground in Chile Special

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 6, 2010 in World
Santiago - A wind and rain storm that began last night in the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, has caused a freight ship to run aground where is being heavily hit by the strong waves.
At the time of the accident, around noon today, there were four people on board of the freighter “Cerro Alegre”. The ship’s crew had to be rescued by Chilean Navy personnel.
The front of bad weather has caused many trees to fall on power lines generating numerous power disruptions in sectors of the Valparaíso Region of Chile. Some lighting poles falling on the road also interrupted several lanes of the main route that links the cities of Valparaíso and neighbouring Viña del Mar.
The head of the Regional Emergency Office (R-ONEMI) Guillermo de la Maza informed the media that, so far, no fuel from the grounded ship has spilled into the Bay of Valparaíso.
Freighter  Cerro Placeres  shortly before running aground.
(Courtesy of Alvaro Zabala).
Freighter "Cerro Placeres" shortly before running aground. (Courtesy of Alvaro Zabala).
Freighter  Cerro Placeres  after hitting the coast.
(Courtesy of Alvaro Zabala)
Freighter "Cerro Placeres" after hitting the coast. (Courtesy of Alvaro Zabala)
The calm after the storm. Improved weather conditions allowed assessment of the damages to the groun...
The calm after the storm. Improved weather conditions allowed assessment of the damages to the grounded ship and a clear view of the Andes Mountain Range in the background. (Courtesy of Alvaro Zabala)
The wind storm was strong enough to uproot trees and damage homes and gardens in most of the region....
The wind storm was strong enough to uproot trees and damage homes and gardens in most of the region. This tree fell down right in my neighbourhood. Several trees and heavy branches falling on roads had to be cleared by emergency crews.
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