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Easter Island Fire Caused “Irreparable” Damage To Famous Moai Statues

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Easter Island Fire

Easter Island Fire

Several of Easter Island’s giant moai stone statues were destroyed by a forest fire that decimated a section of the island. As the fire expanded throughout the Rapa Nui national park, 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) off the west coast of Chile, the historic site reportedly sustained “irreparable” damage.

Approximately 100 hectares (247 acres) or more of the Rano Raraku sector, which includes the moai and wetland sector, were destroyed, according to a statement on the national park’s official Facebook page on Thursday. The island, which is located 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) off the west coast of Chile, has been entirely destroyed by fire, according to Carolina Perez, undersecretary for cultural preservation.

Rapa Nui is home to more than 1,000 stone carvings, some of which have huge heads. It is believed that these statues date back to the 13th century when the island’s first inhabitants lived there. The Rano Raraku volcanic zone, a Unesco world heritage site, reportedly suffered the worst damage.

There are several hundred moai and a quarry where the stone needed to create the sculptures is extracted. Ariki Tepano, the Ma’u Henua community’s director for management and maintenance of the park, referred to the harm as “irreparable.”

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