05/03/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Chile Earthquake: Staying Resilient Despite Losing Everything

"The Today Show's" Ann Curry is in the Chilean coastal town of Constitucion, one of the cities most damaged after Saturday morning's 8.8 quake. As if the tremors weren't devastating enough, rising waves created a mile-and-a-half long swamp. Very few of Constitucion's 38,000 people were left unaffected. Nearly half of the earthquake's dead are there.

She interviews a woman named Ana Maria, whose family's spirits are not broken, as they come together to clean up their home, left badly damaged. Ana Maria also lost her clothing shop, her livelihood. She told Curry that she's staying resilient and hopes to rebuild. "We should value more than material things," she told the NBC reporter.


Constitucion is about 50 km northeast of the quake's epicenter.