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Ilocos Norte mayor to put up fence around Bacarra bell tower

Jul 16, 2015 @ 12:24

Bacarra, Ilocos Norte Mayor Nico Dela Cruz is planning to put up a fence around the famous “beheaded” bell tower at Bacarra Church to protect tourists from falling rocks and debris.

Dela Cruz said he will ask permission from National Historical Institute (NHI) if this could be done to the tower, one of the major tourist attractions in the province.

He bared that recent quakes that hit Ilocos Norte further damaged the bell tower causing debris to fall from time to time.

“We conducted an inspection after the recent quakes and we found new cracks on the structure,” Dela Cruz said.

On July 5, magnitudes 5.0 and 4.3 temblors shook the province while a magnitude 3.8 occurred on July 6.

Erected in 1828, the leaning, domeless tower, called Torre ti Bacarra, stands about 50 meters tall and is frequented by tourists.

Periodic earthquakes from 1931 to 1971 caused the dome to tilt. Then its entire head was toppled by a 7.8-magnitude temblor on August 17, 1983.

Dela Cruz said activities around the bell fry are now being closely monitored while additional warning signs on falling debris have been posted.

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