Monday, September 25, 2017

Mexico: earthquake damage in Puebla

We interrupt our scheduled posts to bring you information on earthquake damage to colonial monuments in Mexico, as it becomes available, with pictures if possible.  Please check again in for further updates.

INAH estimates that more than 280 churches in the region have sustained damage, including 16 monasteries in the environs of the volcano Popocatepetl, which has shown renewed activity.
San Francisco in Puebla, the damaged cupola and broken vault

The celebrated tiled Casa del Alfeñique, which houses the regional museum in downtown Puebla was also hit, and its contents hastily removed because of structural damage.
Los Remedios
Los Remedios, on top of the pyramid in Cholula was hit badly again, as in 1999.  San Gabriel Cholula was also damaged, again by falling tower fragments, as was San Pedro.
Los Remedios fallen cupola
San Gabriel Cholula,                                                              San Pedro Cholula
In other Cholula area churches, the dome over the crossing collapsed at San Cristóbal Tepontla
Jojutla, near the epicenter, was especially badly hit. All of its churches reportedly sustained damage.
the fallen tower at Jojutla
Atlixco, the parish church
Damage has also been reported to the parish churches in Atlixco, Santo Domingo Izucar, Santa Ana Coatepec, Xochiteopan
 and Tepeojuma;
Izucar de Matamoros
Santiago Xochiteopan
Chautla de Tapia
(further details and pictures to follow as available) 
text © 2017 Richard D. Perry.  images from internet sources

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