Iconic Easter Island Statues Suffer 'Irreparable Damage' After Volcano Fire

Easter Island’s iconic stone heads and other archeological elements have been charred by fire caused by the nearby Rano Raraku volcano, said local Indigenous and Chilean authorities. The fire started on 10OCT, damaging more than 100 hectares of the island, including the famous stone-carved statues known as 'Moai,' which were created by a Polynesian tribe over 500 years ago, reports CNN.

The director of the indigenous Ma'u Henua community which manages the Rapa Nui Natural Park, described the damage as "irreparable" and warned that the "consequences go beyond what the eyes can see." The Rapa Nui National Park - whose name comes from the Indigenous name for the island - is a protected area displaying the legacy of the Rapa Nui indigenous culture.

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