Punta Ventana, Puerto Rican natural wonder, collapses amid earthquake


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.

“This is really sad,” she said in a telephone interview. “It was one of the biggest tourism draws of Guayanilla.”

Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory of 3.2 million, has been jolted by a series of earthquakes that began on Dec. 28 and have been concentrated along the southern part of the island.

Monday’s tremor struck about 6:32 a.m. local time, knocking several homes off their foundations and causing rockslides along some roads. Puerto Rico’s Energy Authority said two substations, in Guánica and Yauco, had been affected and power was out in some areas of the island. However, there were no immediate reports of casualties.

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