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Chile: residents of Easter Island threaten declaration of independence reported that Easter Island, a Pacific paradise only 164 sq km in size, has seen demonstrations in recent months. The indigenous Rapa Nui – the Polynesian name for the island and people – assert that Chile has robbed them of their ancestral lands. They are threatening to declare independence and lodge a complaint against the government at the international court of justice in The Hague: Read Article

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M5.2 Earthquake – Easter Island region

Event Time 2012-05-10 02:13:56 UTC 2012-05-09 18:13:56 UTC-08:00 at epicenter 2012-05-09 19:13:56 UTC-07:00 system time Nearby Cities 349km (216mi) WSW from Hanga Roa, Chile 3732km (2318mi) W from Lebu, Chile 3755km (2333mi) W from Canete, Chile 3757km (2334mi) W from Curanilahue, Chile 1788km (1111mi) ESE from Adamstown, Pitcairn USGS SOURCE

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Chile plans to expand marine preserves around Easter Island

Chilean Government announced its intention to expand the Salas y Gómez marine reserve and to create a smaller reserve in Hanga Roa Bay – the harbor right off the main town and capital of historic Easter Island. This new marine conservation plan for Easter Island is set to be established by the end of the […]

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Chile changes time for four months to save energy

From 59 seconds to 23:59 local time on Saturday shall comply with the clocks to make way for a four-month season. Chile began its new winter schedule with the delay of an hour clockwise, allowing energy savings in the country. According to the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy, from 59 seconds to 23:59 […]

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Chile, new visitor center opens on Easter Island

With advances like electricity generation through solar panels and safety and security measures enforced for visitors, the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), opened the Visitor Reception Center Orongo in Rapa Nui National Park, cataloged worldwide. This is one of the buildings m, ore modern of the island, but that fully respects the identity of the local […]

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Deforestation, Collapse And Plastic Pollution At Easter Island

A peak of wind over 40 knots (a lot) rocked us out of the South Pacific and we finally reached Easter Island, the end point of our trip with the 5 Gyres project exploring plastic pollution in the ocean. Read Article

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Difficult times for Chile’s Easter Island

Since August 2010, the Rapa Nui islanders have been carrying out demonstrations at various important tourist sites on the island that they claim as their ancestral lands. At the Hotel Hanga Roa, the site of a USD 50 million redevelopment project supported by Chile’s Piñera government, the Hito family—a powerful Rapa Nui clan—had been staging […]

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Chile, islanders of Easter Island request assistance from U.N.

“We are a peaceful people. We don’t like war. We don’t want police and military on our land,” said Erity Teave, an indigenous activist from the Chilean-administered Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. With tears welling up in her eyes, but still trying to manage a graceful smile, she asked: “Do you think the U.N. […]

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