The rock formation, which drew tourists from around the world, collapsed on Monday
Puerto Rico, which has suffered greatly due to ecological misfortune over the last few years, has now lost one of its most treasured landmarks.
Punta Ventana, or "Window Point," was a stone arch shaped like a round window located in Guayanilla along the southern coast. The beautiful rock formation had become a major tourist attraction and had bolstered the local economy for a long time. It collapsed on Monday when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island.
The UPRM Meteorological Laboratory shared a photo on Twitter of Punta Ventana before and after the earthquake.
[GUAYANILLA] Desaparece la ventana natural en Punta Ventana, Guayanilla. pic.twitter.com/IN0LI7XuKK— UPRM Meteorological Laboratory (@UPRMetLab) January 6, 2020
The earthquake also destroyed a colonial church that dated back to 1841, according to Nelson Torres Yordan, the mayor of Guaynilla.
A local told the Miami Herald that Punta Ventana was "one of the biggest tourism draws of Guayanilla".
"Playa Ventana has collapsed. Today our icon rests in everyone's memory," Glidden López, a press officer for Guayanilla council, wrote in a Facebook post.
Reaction online has been mournful, as both locals and people who had previously visited the site shared their regrets as well as other damaged caused by the quake.
My heart is broken for my Puerto Rico.....💔— Elda Ramirez (@Real_Elda) January 7, 2020
Que triste 😞— Elizabeth Avilés (@eaviles04) January 6, 2020
This earthquake came as part of a series of earthquakes that have devastated Puerto Rico since December 28th, with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hitting on Tuesday. At least one person has been killed and several others had been injured. These disasters has lead to Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced to declare a state of emergency, activating the Puerto Rico National Guard.
For drone footage of Punta Ventana pre-quake, check out the video below: