The Iguazu waterfalls on the border between Brazil and Argentina have recorded 10 times their usual water volume after heavy rains lashed Parana state in southern Brazil.
The flow through the massive waterfall system reached 14.5 million liters (3.8 million gallons) per second Wednesday night, far above the usual 1.5 million per second, said Wemerson Augusto, spokesman for Iguazu National Park.
The water volume was the highest registered at the falls since June 2014, when the flow hit 47 million litres per second.
The high water level led officials to close the “Devil’s Throat” walkway, famed for its breathtaking views of the falls, after it was partly submerged. Walkways on the Argentine side were also closed Tuesday.
Such a large rush of water was “atypical” for October. The falls have been swollen by heavy rains in Parana state in southern Brazil, where emergency officials said Wednesday 24 counties had been hit by “severe weather events” that damaged some 400 houses and forced more than 1,200 people from their homes.
Dozens of tourists flocked to see for themselves and were thrilled by what they discovered…
Prepare now! Stock up on Iodine tablets for the next nuclear disaster…
I must say, if you ever have the chance to go there… Run for it.
I was there in 2014 while attending the World Tunnel Congress and ITA Annual Meeting in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (I worked as a geologist in the tunneling industry for about 7 years and was involved in the construction of many large tunnels and dams in Switzerland). The major 2014 overflow occurred just a month after I left… [Phys]