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Ecuadors tallest waterfall is no more

6 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, April 16 2020 Apr 16, 2020 April 16, 2020 8:32 PM April 16, 2020 in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather, NASA, & Ministry of Tourism Ecuador

Title Image: San Rafael Waterfall taken in November 2012.

Image Credit: Ministry of Tourism Ecuador.

The San Rafael Waterfall, the tallest in Ecuador at 490 feet, stopped flowing on February 2, 2020. Nestled in the middle of lush forest at the intersection of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, the San Rafael attracts thousands of visitors every year. Unfortunately, now this waterfall is part of history.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Media reports have indicated that a large sinkhole opened up in the Coca River a few yards before the falls and has effectively diverted the water. The water now falls in three separate sections at a longer slope located near the original waterfall.

Image: The San Rafael Waterfall taken on February 2, 2020.

Image Credit: Ministry of Tourism Ecuador.

The cause of the sinkhole is still under investigation. Some geologists believe that it occurred naturally, but others suspect that it may be connected with the new construction upstream of the Coca Codo Sinclair dam, which will be the country’s largest dam.

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