Published March 14, 2011
QUITO, Ecuador – The Ecuadorean government has sent 6 tons of food and water to the Galapagos after the islands were hit by a tsunami from the massive earthquake off Japan.
Ecuador's national emergency department says it shipped the aid Monday to 260 families on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands whose fishing boats — and livelihood — were destroyed.
Water from the tsunami penetrated up to a third of a mile (a half-kilometer) inland in the Galapagos, causing minor damage to homes and docks, merging a lagoon with the sea.
Police initially reported no major damages.
The islands are located about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) off Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. They are home to unique animal species that inspired Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution.