Tsunami in the Galapagos - No Damage

by Hidden Trails 03/12/2011

Further to our bulletins from yesterday, we can now confirm that the tsunami which arrived in Galapagos at around 1730hrs (local Galapagos time) did not cause the damage that had been originally anticipated. There was some coastal flooding which affected some of the urban areas in the ports of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, but no major damage has been reported.
Some 5 hours later, the local populations In Galapagos are still waiting for authorisation from the Government to return to their homes, which were evacuated as a precaution. It is possible that this authorisation will only be granted on Saturday, so that the return to the towns can be carried out in daylight.
It is expected that Galapagos flights will be resumed on Saturday and this will allow a normal turnaround of our guests. However, due to the backlog created by cancelled flights today, some delays can be expected.
The important thing to tell you is that everyone is safe and sound.
Meanwhile, our thoughts are with those in Japan who have suffered a terrible tragedy today.