Alberto Rozas had pulled his 7-year-old daughter, Fernanda into the bathroom doorway and waited for the earthquake to stop, but instead found themselve plummeting as they brand new apartment fell like a tree.
"There was dust, noise, everything falling.We went to the bathroom doorway. Then there was the fall. Finally
it stopped," Rozas said.
The father-daughter duo hugged each other as they plunged downwards. Fortunately they survived the crash with few cuts, scrapes and bruises.
"The earthquake and the fall were one single, horrible thing. "I held onto her and she never let me go. The construction was obviously poor," Rozas said in a news agency report.
Rescuers used electric saws and a generator-powered hammer to cut into the concrete to save Rozas neigbour who were trapped beneath the structure.