SANTIAGO - The Chilean navy has named the first tsunami shelter in Antarctica for Sgt. Gustavo Rojas Rojas, a serviceman who died during a snowstorm 66 years ago on the White Continent.
A plaque was placed at the shelter, located on Captain Arturo Prat Naval Base, which is equipped with a lightning warning system, water and food, and features a structure made from thermal panels that keep the interior temperature at 5 C (41 F) in Antarctica's extreme conditions.
The shelter - five meters long, two meters wide and 1.5 meters tall (16 by 6.6 by 4.9 feet) - is unique in the region and located on Greenwich Island.
The Chilean navy has a presence in Antarctica to claim sovereignty and provides support to scientific expeditions doing research in the region.
Chile currently has four permanent bases in Antarctica: General Bernardo O'Higgins; President Eduardo Frei Montalva and Maritime Fildes Station; Professor Julio Escudero Base and Captain Arturo Prat Naval Base.