Punta Ventana: Puerto Rico’s Famous Landmark Destroyed by Earthquakes

"Punta Ventana," or Window Point, once had naturally formed rock bridge that created a hole, but it collapsed during an earthquake this week. (AP Photo/Jorge A. Ramirez Portela)

Iconic Puerto Rico Landmark Collapses in Earthquake

By Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com

Over the past several weeks, Puerto Rico has been experiencing hundreds of small earthquakes, with the first large one rattling the island on Monday morning. The 5.8 magnitude quake knocked homes off their foundations, sent rockslides tumbling onto roads and affected power in some areas, Jim Wyss of the Miami Herald reports. Tremors also led to the collapse of one of Puerto Rico’s iconic natural landmarks: Punta Ventana, a striking stone archway along the southern coast.

The outcrop of Punta Ventana, or “Window Point,” is so called because it once formed a window-like circle offering beautiful views of the sea. Located in the municipality of Guayanilla, the site wasn’t easy to access; the only way to reach it was through a private mango farm, according to Gizmodo’s George Dvorsky. But Punta Ventana was nevertheless “one of the biggest tourism draws of Guayanilla,” Denniza Colon, a 22-year-old local, tells Wyss.

Glidden Lopez, a spokesman for the municipality, said that the landmark had started showing signs of damage last week due to seismic activity. By January 3, a lower portion of the window had broken off.

“Playa Ventana has collapsed,” Lopez wrote in a Facebook post, according to Wyss. “Today our icon is ….Read More:

Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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