Family Survives Haiti's Quake, Then Chile's
'Here, the same thing!' says one rattled refugee
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 4, 2010 7:37 PM CST

(Newser) – The Desarmes family left their native Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining a son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile.

All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the Chilean capital of Santiago. They fear yet another temblor will strike. "I left my country and came here because of an earthquake," Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes, tells AP. "And here, the same thing!"