Major Travel Landmark in Puerto Rico Destroyed by Earthquakes
A popular tourist landmark in Puerto Rico, Punta Ventana, was destroyed in the Puerto Rico earthquakes Monday.
Additionally, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY that two other sites, Cueva Ventana and Ruinas del Faro, also suffered irreparable damage.
According to the U.S. newspaper, a 5.8-magnitude quake hit the Caribbean island before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory, which has been hit by temblors for the past week.
The tourism company said no damage was reported in most other regions of the island. The head of the organization encourages tourists and locals to stay calm and review their action plans in case of emergencies, the article in USA TODAY goes on to explain.
The beachside rock formation was located in the town of Guayanilla and was aptly named Punta Ventana as it resembled a stone window that looked out to a beautiful view of the ocean behind it.