A massive magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocked the Japan coast this morning (Friday, March 11th), triggering tsunami warnings for twenty countries, including the coasts of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile,Â Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
While it appears that the tsunami will have minimal effect on Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands remain an area of concern.Â NOAA alerts indicate that the tsunami could reach Ecuador this late afternoon or early evening. President Rafael Correa has declared a state of Exception/Emergency, local flights to Galapagos and the main ports are suspended and the coastal region may be subject to evacuation today.
Since the Galapagos Islands may be especially vulnerable to large waves, residents and tourists are advised to move to higher ground.
At this point all major airports in Latin America remain open and are functioning normally.Â If you are scheduled to travel today or tomorrow and have concerns, please contact your Exito Travel agent.