Gazing at the aftermath of an earthquake-induced landslide in the hills of Georgia, Andrei Gagiyev tries to imagine his hometown of Khakhieti that stood there two days earlier.
"My wife is there," he said softly on Wednesday, looking at the tons of fresh rock and earth that instantly turned his village into a graveyard.He calmly checked a list bearing the names of 46 people who were buried in less than two minutes when the side of a mountain slid onto the village in Monday's quake.
The 21-home village, across a creek from the town of Sinaguri, was covered so completely that not one of its two-story houses is visible.
Khakhieti is one of the most dramatic scenes of death and destruction from the quake, which measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. It killed at least 81 people - more than half buried in Khakhieti.
About 100 people remain missing elsewhere in the mountain villages and towns throughout the earthquake zone. At least 500 people were injured and 80,000 were left homeless.
From the air and ground, no signs of the farming village remain. No ruins. No bodies. Khakhieti is now just dirt, rocks and fallen oak trees. It looks as though a bulldozer plowed it away - people, animals, homes and all.
Only five villagers survived, all were away from home when the mountainside collapsed.
Gagiyev, 64-year-old head of the local governing council, was just a few hundred yards away in Sinaguri, which shared the picturesque remote valley and the same deadly hills with Khakhieti.
Nature, however, was very selective. The mountainside tumbled onto Khakhieti, but not Sinaguri.
Gagiyev and other survivors have not been allowed to check the mound for signs of their loved ones. Officials say the site remains too dangerous.