Chilean Flagman

Chilean Flagman

Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 03:27PM EDT by Brad.

Added May 29, 2010 at 05:29PM EDT by Simón Ángel.

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On february, 27th of 2010 at 3:34 AM local time (06:34 UTC), Chile was affected by a devastating earthquake of magnitude 8.8 Richter, 60 miles NW of Chillán.

A tsunami and many aftershocks followed it, causing even more devastation than the strongest one. Many pics that showed the disaster were published on, one of them was the famous photo.

Bruno Sandoval, who is from Talca and traveled to Pelluhue in December, the day before the earthquake Sandoval traveled to Laja to do some paperwork and went home after the earthquake, then he looked for the cabin where they lived, but he did not find it, (The Tsunami destroyed it), then he looked for any trace of their belongings and he found the flag and lifted it. It was then when the photographer Roberto Candia, chief correspondent from the Associated Press in Santiago, captured this image:


After a couple of days,when electricity and internet got back to houses after the quake and this picture made known, it was posted on chilean blog an entry with many photoshopped images of this man, in another circumstances, and so on, always with the name “The chilean who survived X”:

The Chilean who survived Nublar island

The Chilean who survived a Tsunami on New York

The Chilean who survived bullfighting

The exploitable image

Interview With Bruno Sandoval (Spanish)

Bruno Sandoval is “Imitated”

Google Insights

Interview With Sandoval in English

Facebook page

All the pictures on a Picasa photo album are available here


This phenomenon was noted by various national newspapers, and the flag bearer became famous:

ABC News Article

ABC News Video

Now that flag was washed and restored, and it will go to South Africa with the national football selection, supporting the players.

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