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Rapa Nui Notes 1987 Fall



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Three earthquakes rocked Rapa Nui in July, the largest being 5.9 on the Richter Scale. Because these phenomena are very rare on the island, many of the inhabitants panicked, some fleeing to high ground as they anticipated a tsunami (which did not materialize). No reports of injuries or damage have been forthcoming, although a visitor on the island noted some interesting behavior when the earthquakes struck: many islanders ran outside and looked up.

Also in this issue:

The Many Faces of Rapa Nui by Alan S. Coulson

Religious Records in the Easter Island Tablets by Sergej V. Rjabchikov