Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

In anticipation of the impending end of the world naturally recall the city that already had a chance to survive the apocalypse local scale. One of these dead cities - Villa Epekuen resort, located 600 km from Buenos Aires (Argentina). It was built in the 1920s, but after half a century, has become extremely popular with tourists, because here was an opportunity to relax in the unique salt lake Lago Epekuen. Today, at the site of the village - only the ruins, 25 years ago, she went under water due to flooding.

Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

Lago Epekuen knowingly become a tourist mecca, it has a truly unique properties. The lake is ten times saltier than any ocean, and only slightly inferior to the Dead Sea. The therapeutic properties of water has long been known: come here to treat depression, rheumatism, skin diseases, anemia, and even diabetes.

Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

The first inhabitants settled in the village Epekuen in the late 19th century, the settlement grew quickly. It was held rail link with Buenos Aires, and soon travelers from South America flooded the Argentine resort.

Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

In the middle of the 20th century here on vacation every year come to about 2.5 million people, in 1970 there were more than five thousand people in the village had about 300 businesses, including hotels, hostels, swimming pools, shops and museums.

Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

But nature has not been kind to this land. Gradually, due to increased rainfall the water level in the lake rose, this has led to the fact that the November 10, 1985 a huge salt water stream dam broke and flooded a large part of the settlement. By 1993, the village Epekuen was washed away from the earth, the water level was 10 meters. Only by 2009 due to the gradual change in the climatic conditions of the water began to recede, and the town became visible ruins.

Argentine village, which is 25 years under water

By the way, from one thousand five hundred natives Villas Epekuen return to native land wanted only one, 81-year-old Pablo Novak. He has several years of living here alone, reading the newspaper and recalls how thriving village three decades ago.