Galapagos Conservancy States $40,000 in Damage at Darwin Station
March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Galapagos Conservancy has sent out a request for donations after the Tsunami on March 11th. According to the request the 6 foot swells caused by the tsunami coincided with high-tide when it reached the island of Santa Cruz, it was the combination of these factors that caused the damage.
As noted on earlier blogs, the warning was issued early in the day and the town along with the wildlife that normally lives at the station was evacuated to the highlands. In town the Red Mangrove Inn, Finch Bay Hotel, Banco del Pacifico and Police Station all suffered major damage. Park Rangers are still evaluating sites within the Galapagos National Park to determine the damage caused by the tsunami.
At the Darwin Station staff and volunteers have been hard at work cleaning up and assessing the damage and planning repairs. They estimate the staff will need $40,000 to rebuild the labs and replace equipment at the Darwin Station to get things up and running as soon as possible.
Interested parties can help donate money either through the Galapagos.org or through their facebook page.