Bombs Traced Back To WWII Found On Galapagos Islands

October 29th, 2010 - 7:22 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

October 29, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Fishermen have recovered more than a dozen bombs that can be traced back to the World War II. The government officials revealed the news on Tuesday stating that the bombs had been buried deep in the Galapagos Islands.

The bombs were found on the Bartolome Island which lies 600 miles (960 kms) off the northwestern coast of South America.

The island belongs to Ecuador which had allowed the United States to set up one of its military bases here during the WWII. The actual base was on Baltra Island which was considered to be a strategic location lying slightly south west of the Panama canal.

The chief of operations for Puerto Ayora based on the Santa Cruz Island told the reporters that there is absolutely no threat associated with the bombs. The navy of Ecuador has been informed about the bombs purely as a precautionary measure.

Luis Martinez, the aforementioned chief, said that the bombs had been buried deep into the soil and had not been evident on the beaches. Nor were they found near them, he clarified. He further added that the area of Bartolome Islands would now be subject to a thorough scrutiny in order to unearth other military explosives, if present.

The islands of Galapagos are volcanic in nature and serve as tourist spots to thousands of visitors from all across the world, every year. They have a distinctive kind of rare species of flora and fauna, many of whom are considered to be endangered.

Darwin, renowned for his theory of evolution had studied the wild life here during the 19th century.

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