Latin America appears to have sustained minimal damage from the tsunami generated by Japan’s massive 8.9 earthquake on Friday.
The Galapagos sustained the heaviest damage, with some hotels along the water taking heavy hits.Â There were no reported casualties, however, as the government had evacuated the low-lying areas to higher ground.Â More than 260,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas of the mainland, as well as the Galapagos.
In Peru, over 300 coastal buildingsÂ were damaged and flooding was reported there.Â Several hundred people in the town of Pisco spent the night inland in the town square.
Easter Island reported larger waves than usual, but no real damage.Â In mainlandÂ Chile tens of thousands of residents in low-lying areas were brought to safety.
All airports have reopened, and it’s business as usual in Latin America.