Easter Island’s famous ancient Moai statues damaged in wildfire with Mayor revealing inferno was deliberately lit

Easter Island’s ancient Moai statues have been damaged in a wildfire which swept across the island off the Chilean coast.

The fire tore through parts of the Rapa Nui National Park and has charred an unknown number of the famous stone carvings – known as Moai – with some of damage believed to be irreparable.

“More than 100 hectares were affected in the Rano Raraku sector which includes the wetland and moai sector,” the national park said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Mayor of Rapa Nui, Pedro Edmunds Paoa, revealed the fires had been deliberately started.

“(The) fires have no…

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