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Mexicans Help Restore Country’s Best Known Waterfalls, After September’s Earthquake

Mexicans have helped to restore one of the country’s best known waterfalls, after it was affected by September’s earthquake.

The Agua Azul cascades, in southern Chiapas State, are famed for their bright turquoise waters and attract thousands of tourists., but the 8.2 magnitude quake altered the course of the river, causing the water level at the falls to drop. Locals used picks and shovels to restore it, by shifting rocks and mud.

Authorities say they believe the falls should be back to normal within a month. Local residents, who depend on tourism from the famous Agua Azul, blue water falls, were alarmed when the cascades gradually slowed.

Government experts promised to investigate but local people decided to take action themselves. Chiapas was badly hit by the earthquake on 7 September, which struck off Mexico’s southern coast. Nearly one hundred people were killed and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed.

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