Galapagos takes precautions with tsunami threat

By Johanna Jainchill
Guests in Galapagos hotels were evacuated to higher land this morning and tour boats were ordered to stay out at sea, after a state of emergency associated with the Pacific Coast tsunami alert was declared.

The Galapagos National Park Service said on its website that it had closed all visitor sites in the archipelago to ensure the safety of tourists.

The park service said it was in close communication with tour operators and was providing logistical support for the evacuation of coastal communities, moving residents and visitors to the highlands.

Ecoventura, a company that operates four tour vessels in the Galapagos, said that all tour boats were required to leave port and be at least five miles offshore.

The Red Mangrove Galapagos & Ecuador Lodges said that they evacuated guests to the highlands of each island with enough provisions of water and food to pass the emergency.
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