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Valparaiso News

Chile assessing damage from Valparaiso fire

Valpara - Chileans began returning to their homes in the port city of Valparaiso on Monday as firefighters got the upper hand over a massive fire that killed at least 15 and torched entire neighborhoods over the weekend.

Massive blaze brings death, destruction to historic Valparaiso

Valpara - A massive fire that killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes was still burning early Sunday in Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.

Valparaiso: UNESCO heritage site dubbed 'Jewel of the Pacific'

Paris - Valparaiso, the Chilean port city of 270,000 ravished by fire, is a UNESCO world heritage site once dubbed "the jewel of the Pacific" by visiting sailors navigating around South America.

Wildfires destroy 75 houses in Chile, about 600 people evacuated

Santiago - Dozens of homes were destroyed in Valparaiso, Chile, by wildfires that propagated out of control along several sections of the densely populated hills of the city; about 600 people were affected and evacuated to emergency shelters.

UPDATE: Seven injured in shooting near Chile’s National Congress

Santiago - At least seven people had been injured by gunfire in downtown Valparaiso about a block away from the building of the Chilean National Congress.

Mysterious death of Canadian in Chile regarded as ‘accidental’

Santiago - “Accidental death” is the main thesis considered by Chilean Police in connection with the death of Bhupinder Mandair, a Canadian national who went missing on Jan. 1, during the New Year celebrations in Valparaiso, and whose body was found on Friday.

Chile Police finds body of Canadian missing since New Year's Eve

Santiago - A Canadian citizen working for UNESCO in Santiago de Chile, who disappeared in Valparaiso on New Year's Eve, was found dead. A police investigation to determine the causes of his death is underway.

Earthquake and tsunami drill in Chile mobilizes 500,000 people

San Antonio - About half a million people participated today in a major earthquake and tsunami drill in the Region of Valparaiso, including the port cities of Valparaiso and San Antonio along Chile's central coast.

The old port of Valparaíso: ‘The Jewel of the Pacific' Special

Santiago - Valparaiso's rich and varied history, along with its unique blend of international seaport atmosphere and chaotic topography and architecture, make the city an ideal place to start the exploration of Chile’s many urban and natural attractions.

Photo Essay: ‘Cardonal’ Fruit and Vegetable Market of Valparaiso Special

“Cardonal” Farmers Market, a large yellow and green metal frame earthquake-proof structure, has been for over a century one of the main sources of fruits and vegetables for the residents of Valparaiso, Chile.

Peñuelas Lake: Lack of water affecting nature and domestic users Special

Santiago - The decreased water level of an artificial reservoir used for production of drinking water is affecting wildlife and recreation activities in the Valparaiso Region; the problem is caused by lack of rain and rising consumption during the spring season.

Photo Essay: Explosion of colors at Valparaiso’s Open-Air Museum Special

The city of Valparaiso in Chile, a major seaport in the west coast of South America, is characterized by its unique geography that includes a narrow area near the coast and at least 42 hills spread in a natural amphitheater surrounding the city.

5 dead, 50 injured in vehicle pile-up on Chilean highway

Santiago - A major pile-up on a Chilean highway involving at least 50 vehicles left five people dead, scores injured and several trapped in the wrecked vehicles; fog, smoke and excessive speed are being blamed as causes of the accident.

History, nature and gastronomy at quaint Quintay fishing cove Special

Casablanca - The small fishing cove of Quintay has been transformed from a foul smelling whaling plant into an attractive coastal village with seafood restaurants, a museum showcasing the history of whaling and a marine research station.

The historic earthquake-ridden ‘La Matriz’ Parish of Valparaíso Special

Valpara - The Parish church known as "La Matriz" was founded 452 years ago at the time the city of Valparaiso, Chile, was just a small cove called Quintil frequented by the Changos, a now extinct aboriginal group of nomadic fishermen.

Chile’s Santa María University, an oceanfront engineering castle Special

Valpara - Santa María University, one of Chile’s most prestigious engineering universities, boasts a beautiful oceanfront campus in the city of Valparaíso where it remains faithful to the legacy of its creator, Federico Santa María.

Severe winter storm: Cargo ship runs aground in Chile Special

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.

Chile’s quake: Death toll climbs to 147

Santiago - Official reports from Chilean authorities in Santiago have revised the number of fatalities caused by this morning’s earthquake. Now the loss of life stands at 147 people most of which died in the Region of Bio-Bio in the south of Chile.
 

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Palacio Polanco: The building dates from 1898. It was the residence of millionaire Benigno Polanco H...
Palacio Polanco: The building dates from 1898. It was the residence of millionaire Benigno Polanco Hueres. The luxurious mansion is located in the downtown area of Valparaiso. In 1942 the building became the property of the Chilean National Police.
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Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
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Huge waves pound the shoreline at Valparaiso  Chile. (Screengrab LaTercera)
Huge waves pound the shoreline at Valparaiso, Chile. (Screengrab LaTercera)
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Building of the Santiago Severín library. This was one of the first public libraries in Chile and S...
Building of the Santiago Severín library. This was one of the first public libraries in Chile and South America. The funds to build the library were donated by philanthropist don Santiago Severin Espina. The building was declared a National Monument in 1998. It was severely damaged by the 2010 earthquake and is still under repairs.
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A visit to the colourful Cardonal farmers market is a delight to the senses.
A visit to the colourful Cardonal farmers market is a delight to the senses.
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Open-Air Museum  Valparaiso - Mural by Matilde Pérez (1916 - ).
Open-Air Museum, Valparaiso - Mural by Matilde Pérez (1916 - ).
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A partial view of the Valparaíso modern port facilities. In the center-right of the picture is the ...
A partial view of the Valparaíso modern port facilities. In the center-right of the picture is the downtown section of the city.
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Open-Air Museum  Valparaiso - Wall and steps next to Bellavista Hostel.
Open-Air Museum, Valparaiso - Wall and steps next to Bellavista Hostel.
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The hills surrounding the Bay of Valparaíso are now populated to the very top  and beyond.
The hills surrounding the Bay of Valparaíso are now populated to the very top, and beyond.
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Neptune Fountain. It was installed in 1892 at the small triangular-shaped Anibal Pinto Square  one o...
Neptune Fountain. It was installed in 1892 at the small triangular-shaped Anibal Pinto Square, one of the oldest in the city.
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Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue  Playa Ancha neighbourhood  Valparaíso  Chile.
Victorian style houses on Great Britain Avenue, Playa Ancha neighbourhood, Valparaíso, Chile.
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Emergency vehicles attend the site of a shooting in the vicinity of Chile s National Congress.
Emergency vehicles attend the site of a shooting in the vicinity of Chile's National Congress.
Esteban Morales
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Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso  Chile.
Wildfires destroy about 75 homes in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.
@ClimaValpso (Twitter)
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 La Esmeralda   training ship for the Chilean Navy at her Valparaiso base. Unfortunately  the beauti...
"La Esmeralda", training ship for the Chilean Navy at her Valparaiso base. Unfortunately, the beautiful four-masted tall ship has now a bad reputation. From 1973 to 1980, it was used as a floating jail and torture chamber for political prisoners during the Pinochet years.
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View of Valparaiso Bay from one of the hills in a cloudy day  showing many of the precarious constru...
View of Valparaiso Bay from one of the hills in a cloudy day, showing many of the precarious constructions and some of the warships of the Chilean Navy moored at the military docking facilities.
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SAS ISANDLWANA in Valparaíso   Chile. The large building in the background is the Chilean National ...
SAS ISANDLWANA in Valparaíso , Chile. The large building in the background is the Chilean National Congress.
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The building of the Chilean National Congress in Valparaíso. In the foreground is one of the old tr...
The building of the Chilean National Congress in Valparaíso. In the foreground is one of the old trolleybuses purchased second-hand from France. There are many of them still in operation in the city and are mostly used by anyone who is not in a hurry.
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Rockeries located south of Valparaiso Bay and the Altamirano seaside road. These rockeries provided ...
Rockeries located south of Valparaiso Bay and the Altamirano seaside road. These rockeries provided much of the shellfish that the ancient Chango natives collected for food.
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Since the front of the campus is on a steep hill  there are many stone stairways for access from the...
Since the front of the campus is on a steep hill, there are many stone stairways for access from the main road below.
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Main building of Santa María University facing the Pacific Ocean in the port of Valparaíso  Chile.
Main building of Santa María University facing the Pacific Ocean in the port of Valparaíso, Chile.
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