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INAH: Report Damaged Museums, Cultural Heritage

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History asked the population to document damaged museusm, churches, chapels, statues, monuments or historically-valuable buildings
By The News · 22 of September 2017 16:56:26
Photo of the damage caused to the San Francisco Temple, a secenteenth-century church in Tepeyanco, Tlaxcala, by the 7.1 earthquake that struck Mexico's central region the afternoon of September 19, 2017, Photo of the damage caused to the San Francisco Temple, a secenteenth-century church in Tepeyanco, Tlaxcala, by the 7.1 earthquake that struck Mexico's central region the afternoon of September 19, 2017, photo: Cuartoscuro/J. Guadalupe Pérez

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has made a general call to identify buildings, museums and other pieces of Mexico’s cultural heritage damaged by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck on the afternoon of September 19.

In a tweet posted Friday, the institute called upon the population to document any signs of damage or wear-and-tear on museusm, churches, chapels, statues, monuments or buildings with any sort of historical value.”Locate and report cultural heritage damaged by the earthquake,” the tweet says, accompanied by an image explaining how to proceed when finding damaged structures in the states of Puebla, Morelos, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Guerrero and State of Mexico.

To report damages, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the name and location of the building/monument. The mail should include pictures of the building’s facade (in case of the damaged structure being a building), as well as images of the damage itself.

A statement posted on INAH’s website says the institute is working on making a proper evaluation of the damages caused within the area hit by the earthquake. It also informs that museums and archeological sites in Mexico City, Hidalgo, State of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala will remain closed to the public until further notice, though the institute twitted Friday morning that the National Anthropology Museum, the National Museum of World Cultures, the Chapultepec Castle History Museum and the Caracol Museum have resumed opperations.

Mexico’s cultural heritage has been hit hard by earthquakes lately. News publication Proceso reported that around 300 historical buildings were tarnished by the 8.2 quake that struck the country’s west coast the night of Septemper 7, 2017.