The Santo Domingo ficus, the centenary tree of Murcia, suffers again. The strong wind that destroyed the Region this Thursday brought two heavy branches, which fell on the square. A part of the pergola supporting the ficus collapsed. The incident did not cause any personal injury, although it caused a great fear in this busy area in the center of Murcia.
The events happened at around 10 o’clock this Thursday. The Local Police of Murcia arrived around one o’clock to cordon off the area, as there was a risk of many branches falling. Super storm ‘Ciarán’ hits the Iberian Peninsula. In Madrid, a woman lost her life because of a tree that fell on a pedestrian crossing.
This tree is a symbol of Murcia. Last August it had to be inspected to ensure its safety. It should be remembered that on June 16, 2017, the ficus suffered the biggest accident, when the tree collapsed and fell on several terraces. Fortunately, no one died, although two were slightly injured. HOWEVER On May 31, 2000, the fall of a large branch caused the death of a 56-year-old man, a native of Beniel and a neighbor of Infante..
Closing gardens due to wind
The Council of the City of Murcia continues to close the Floridablanca garden and around the Artillery Barracks to avoid possible accidents due to falling branches due to the strong winds caused by the Ciaran storm.
Although the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) did not issue warnings for the municipality of Murcia, the City Council decided to activate “as a precaution” the orange level of its Emergency Protocol in Parks and Gardens and close two spaces, with large trees. be carried, to guarantee the safety of citizens.
He did this after receiving notifications about fallen branches in various parts of the municipality, in addition to Santo Domingo, such as around the barracks, in addition to Gran Vía, Abenarabi Avenue or Camilo José Cela Street.