National Geographic : 2001 Feb
LA TEBAIDA, COLOMBIA Colombia Natural disastersand human conflict have scourged the ColombianAndes. Here the mountains split into three ranges, all prone to earthquakes.On January25, 1999, a quake killed a thousandpeople and left 250,000 homeless. "Our house collapsed in seconds," Jose Trejos told me as he surveyed the ruins with a granddaughter(above). "It's a miracle we survived." MarcelaArias, who used to enjoy Medellin's nightlife (right), has recently moved to Spain to study fashion design. Fearful of the city's escalatingviolence and kidnappings, she wants her mother and brothers to leave the country too.