The shelves of Ixars, the oldest of the seven shelves in the world, are in the Ixagar National Park in northern Baja California, where the earthquake struck on July 6, 2016.
The earthquake shook the region to its core, killing more than 300 people, but the Ixcars shelf survived the damage.
The shelf is on the same island as the World Heritage Site of Palawan, where a series of devastating earthquakes in the 1970s and 1980s led to massive landslides that killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed much of the area.
The Ixarcas shelf was built in the 1960s to provide a sanctuary for endangered sea turtles.
The last time the shelf was active was in the 1990s.
But, in the days following the July 6 earthquake, the shelf went into complete meltdown, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The area surrounding the shelf is covered in landslides, according the USCGS.
The shelves have since been rebuilt and the remaining space is being used for flood protection.
“The earthquake caused a very large tsunami in the area, and the tsunami was quite strong,” said Jose Luis Garcia, an archaeologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“At least 500 people were injured and more than 60,000 homes were damaged, and about 80 percent of the homes that were damaged were completely destroyed,” Garcia told Al Jazeera.
“People were forced to evacuate.
Many were buried in the rubble.”
The tsunami caused massive landslings, damaging about 50 homes in Palawan.
The USCGS estimates the total loss of the island’s population is more than 100,000.
The U.N. estimates that the total number of people who have been displaced is in the thousands.
“What happened is that there was a very severe, intense earthquake,” said David Schleicher, a coastal geologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
“There was a tsunami that caused massive damage, which has been happening for years.
The fault line is quite long and has been active for thousands of years.”
The USCG says the earthquake was centered at an epicentre, or point of origin, at the island, but that it was also triggered by a nearby volcanic eruption that took place at about the same time.
According to the USCG, the fault line between the island and the Pacific Ocean was triggered by the eruption.
It was the largest volcano eruption in recorded history.
“It’s a pretty serious earthquake,” Garcia said.
“But it’s a very quiet earthquake, which means there’s not a lot of people around.”
The damage to the Ixtar shelf was so severe that it took the entire community of about 3,000 years to recover.
“Our ancestors came here from somewhere in Asia about 2,000 to 3,500 years ago,” said Luis García, who is now studying the history of Palawas people in the island.
“And that’s what made them so special,” he added.
The ruins of the Ixear shelf.
The remnants of Ixtars ruins.
Source Al Jazeera News article A UNESCO World Heritage site and the Palawan Islands’ first indigenous community.
The destruction of Ixcar shelves and the surrounding area have left a trail of destruction, with many of the indigenous people who live there afraid to return.
In fact, one local, the mayor of Palawi, told Alisabeth Lutz of the BBC that he has had to evacuate to avoid the destruction.
“I can’t leave here anymore,” said Juan José Rodriguez, the town’s mayor.
“If I leave the village, I can’t return.
I can never return here.”
In the days after the earthquake, local officials tried to relocate displaced residents to a safer location.
But many of them refused to leave the island for fear of becoming refugees, according.
“They were not willing to leave Palawan,” Lutz told Alise Bascom of the New York Times.
“So they built a road from their village to the coast, so the refugees could get to their houses and stay here.”
This road, which runs along the coastline of Palavan, was built to connect the Ixaar shelf to the Palawasa National Park.
In a report for the UN World Heritage Committee, the USCGs findings stated that in the aftermath of the earthquake the roads were damaged.
The roads are also used by the people who had to leave to avoid potential landslides.
The highway was constructed between Palawan and Palawan Beach, where some people were relocated.
The road is also used to transport goods between Palawasi and Palawalas communities.
The main road that connects Palawan to Palawan Island is the Ixfar road.
According the USC’s report, the highway is used by about 10,000 local people, including some residents of the Palawi community,