Authorities in Chile says this week’s fire that ripped through parts of Easter Island did permanent damage to some of its iconic statues.
Chile: Easter Island fire damages some statues
A fire that ripped through part of Chile’s Easter Island this week has caused permanent damage to some of its iconic carved stone figures known as moai, authorities said.
The high temperature of the forest fire accelerated the process through which the stone carvings will eventually turn into sand, the mayor of the island locally known as Rapa Nui said.
The damage is “irreparable and immeasurable as well,” Mayor Pedro Edmunds Paoa said.
The Chilean island that lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has some 800 moais, half of which are inside the Rano Raraku volcano.