SANTIAGO – Prince Akishino of Japan and his wife Princess Kiko visited on Thursday the Chilean Navy’s tsunami warning center, a fundamental system in the South American nation, considered one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.
The couple, who are on an official visit to Chile until Oct. 1, coinciding with the anniversary of 120 years of diplomatic relations between the countries, toured the facilities of the Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA), located in the port city of Valparaiso, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Santiago.
The SHOA is Chile’s official representative in the International Pacific Tsunami Warning System, which has its operations center at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Prince and Princess also had lunch at the institution’s Naval Club.
Afterwards, they visited La Sebastiana, one of the three houses of Chilean Nobel Laureate poet, diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda, now converted into a museum.
Located in the Cerro Florida of Valparaiso and built by the Spanish Sebastian Collado with the intention to be the place for spending the last years of his life, this unique house was bought by Neruda in 1959, and has magnificent views over the harbor bay.
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, who before travelling to Valparaiso visited the Japanese School in Santiago, will remain in Chile until Oct. 1.