The coast town of Pelluhue, in the Maule region, was seriously affected by the sea proximity.
The man holding the flag is Bruno Sandoval, craftsman from Talca who went to Pelluhue looking for his home.
The day prior to the tsunami, Sandoval had gone to Laja to carry out some paper duties. The next day together with his family they went back home only to find desolation where his house used to be standing. The tsunami had claimed his house and all his family’s belongings, including his truck.
After looking around for two hours, Sandoval found the flag and raised it up, becoming an international and domestic symbol for hope and solidarity.