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Shreveport girl worries about mom in Chile

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – When Chile was rocked by an earthquake last weekend nearly 500,000 homes were destroyed.

The quake's epicenter, near Concepcion, shook the city to its core, killing more than 450 people, according to the latest figures.

"It's just completely devastated," said Natalie Pierra, a Youree Middle School student in Shreveport. She says her mom, Michelle Pereira, was among the survivors near Concepcion, but her life has been turned upside down.

MSN Chat and Facebook has become Natalie's lifelines to her mom. On these social networking sites, she finds out her mom's status, because her mom still has a laptop computer.

"Every time when I'm on she's on and we get through some deep stuff and we talk about how was our day, like we used to talk, when she was still here, but it's just a little different because it's through the internet," said Natalie.

Natalie's mom has been in Chile for a year now, that absence alone has been tough.

"I usually cry every night because I need my mother back," said Natalie.

But the feeling is compounded to know that these images, and hardships on the survivors have been a way of life for her mom ever since the disaster.

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