Mexican authorities reported that there was minor damage to the cultural heritage from 4 states, while monitoring the damage continues after the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that occurred on Monday afternoon.
According to the preliminary report of the Ministry of Culture of the federal government, the states with the greatest consequences on Mexican heritage are Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit.
In addition, the report of the General Directorate of Sites and Monuments of the Cultural heritageof the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature, maintains that there is no damage “so far” in the Mexican states of Morelos, Querétaro, Tlaxcala, the State of MexicoOaxaca, Chiapas and the Mexican capital.
In Michoacán, where the epicenter of the earthquake occurred this Monday afternoon and for which one person lost his life, damage is reported in some historic buildings in the towns of Coalcomán, Paracho, San Juan Nuevo, Pátzcuaro, Huetamo and Tingüindín .
In Colima, a region where a fatality was reported due to the collapse of a roof, minor damage was reported to the walls of the Regional Museum of History of Colima and the breakage of a dozen small-format pieces that were exhibited in its rooms.
In turn, Jalisco records minor detachment from a quarry in the temples of La Merced and San Agustín, in the central city of Guadalajara, as well as some cracks in the Regional Museum of the same town.
On the other hand, damage to libraries was recorded in places such as Chapala, Tamazula de Gordiano, Miravalle, San Martín de las Flores and San Pedrito, in Tlaquepaque, of the same Mexican entity.
In Nayarit, they also report quarry landslides in the cupolas of the Tepic Cathedral.
The cultural authorities in Mexico They announced that they will apply their protocols during the next few hours, with field trips “to determine with greater precision the possible effects on the historical monuments that exist in each of the states.”
For its part, “the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature maintained that the 18 museums, the theaters of the Forest Cultural Center, as well as the educational establishments, research centers, rehearsal rooms and administrative headquarters did not register any damage to their facilities. “, detailed the Mexican authorities.
Meanwhile, the General Directorate of Sites and Monuments of the Cultural heritage reported that the Metropolitan Cathedral of the City of Mexico suspended the work being carried out inside, in order to carry out a structural review and confirm the reactivation of old cracks in the “Metropolitan Tabernacle”.
“The federal Ministry of Culture reiterates that the review will continue hand in hand with the authorities in each entity, in order to determine the effects of the seismic movement and its possible aftershocks,” the Mexican agency concluded.
The telluric movement, with an epicenter south of Coalcomán, in the central state of Michoacán, happens just on the day of the anniversaries of the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017, considered the 2 most destructive in recent history in the country.
According to official figures, the event was perceived by approximately 48 million Mexicans and the most affected Mexican states were Michoacán and Colima.