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: