Easter Island or Easter Island is an almost triangular volcanic island located in the South Pacific Ocean, which is part of Chile, about 3,600 km (2237 mi) to the west of the continental Chile, and about 2,075 km (1,290 mi) east of the Pitcairn Islands.
It is considered one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world, with an area of 163.6 square kilometers (63 square miles). The island is famous for its numerous moai, rock statues along the coastal strips that contain about 900 ancient antique statues.
According to the latest UNESCO reports, the Easter Island, which the Polynesians discovered a thousand years ago, is at risk of disappearing into the sea, and the World Heritage Authority has blamed the high tide on the island’s coasts, as it published warnings about the impact of sea level rise on the island’s famous archaeological “heads”. Last year, a rock wall fell 3 meters from the south coast of the island, due to the impact of strong waves.
Archaeologists are now trying to stop coastal erosion by building a sea wall, and the Japanese government has provided $ 400,000 in funding to complete the work. Officials are also studying the possibility of transporting colossal statues for preservation.
According to officials, more than 100,000 people visited this archaeological site last year, and the number is expected to increase to levels that exceed the island’s energy.
However, in the event of the possibility of losing this island, the island’s population of 6 thousand may be exposed to the risk of running out of their livelihoods, as a result of their dependence almost entirely on tourism that generates annual revenues estimated at about 70 million dollars.