Authorities in the central Mexican state of Queretaro evacuated the residents of a village threatened by a giant boulder dangling from a crag, officials said Thursday.

All 363 inhabitants of Adjunta de Higueras were taken to a makeshift shelter at an elementary school in neighboring Peña Blanca, the state government said in a statement.

The authorities who supervised the evacuation also took steps to protect the residents' possessions in the event the boulder breaks loose and devastates the village, while Queretaro police are standing guard over the now-deserted community to prevent looting.

State health officials and the Mexican army are providing food and other essentials for the evacuated residents.

The State Highway Commission plans to install protective barriers around the village pending the completion of efforts to safely break up the boulder, according to the government statement. EFE

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MEX36 Adjunta de Higueras, Mexico, Jun 2 - Authorities in the central Mexican state of Queretaro ordered every resident evacuated from Adjunta de Higueras due to concerns this boulder will break lose and crush the village below. EFE/Government of Queretaro/EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES