US Punta Ventana, one of Puerto Rico's natural wonders, has been destroyed by an earthquake

21:25  07 january  2020
21:25  07 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Earthquakes Destroy Punta Ventana, Puerto Rican Natural Wonder: 'Our Icon Is' Gone

  Earthquakes Destroy Punta Ventana, Puerto Rican Natural Wonder: 'Our Icon Is' Gone Punta Ventana, a famous rock formation and tourist landmark in Puerto Rico, was destroyed when the island was hit by two strong earthquakes Monday morning.Punta Ventana, a stone arch shaped like a window and located beside the ocean of Puerto Rico’s southern coast, was destroyed after the Caribbean island was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday morning. A 5.1 magnitude quake followed just hours later.

A famous tourist landmark and one of Puerto Rico's most cherished natural wonders collapsed on Monday after an earthquake shook the island, Nelson Torres Yordan, the mayor of Guaynilla, confirmed.

Punta Ventana, which translates to "Window Point," was a stone arch shaped like a round window located in Guayanilla along the southern coast. The rock formation was one of the island's most iconic treasures and major tourist attractions.

Punta Ventana, Puerto Rican natural wonder, collapses amid earthquake

  Punta Ventana, Puerto Rican natural wonder, collapses amid earthquake SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - One of Puerto Rico's iconic natural wonders - a soaring stone arch along the southern coast known as Punta Ventana or Window Point - collapsed early Monday as a 5.79 magnitude earthquake rattled the island. Denniza Colon, a 22-year-old resident of Guayanilla, said she went by the area Monday and was shocked to find the arch, a place that she visited frequently as a child, had simply vanished.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island on Monday, wiping out the natural structure.

The UPRM Meteorological Laboratory shared a photo on Twitter of Punta Ventana before and after the earthquake, showing where the soaring arch once stood before its tragic collapse.

"The natural window disappears in Punta Ventana, Guayanilla," UPRM said.

A colonial church constructed in 1841 also "totally collapsed," during the earthquake, according to Yordan.

Another earthquake, this one measuring 6.4, and several other strong tremors struck Puerto Rico on Tuesday, killing at least one man and injuring several others. Tuesday's quake -- the strongest and most damaging of a series of quakes that have hit the island since December 28 -- moved Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced to declare a state of emergency, activating the Puerto Rico National Guard.

It's likely the most damaging quake to impact the island since 1918.

CORRECTION: The headline on this story has been updated to correct the spelling of the arch

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Four thousand people are still in shelters and many others are sleeping outside after yet another earthquake on Saturday.A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook southwestern Puerto Rico on Saturday just before 9 a.m. It was the strongest since last week's 6.4 quake. More than 2,000 tremors have occurred since December 28.

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