Natural disasters can strike in many forms. Sometimes, they spare us from their wrath, but in the most unfortunate of situations, entire towns or cities are leveled, and those who survive the turmoil still lose almost everything they own.
Villa Epecuen, an old tourist town located just south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, suffered a disaster on an enormous scale in 1985. It changed the lives of residents forever and left the place a ghost town within a mere two days.
You’ll be in awe when find out what happened to Villa Epecuen over a quarter of a century ago and see the stunning pictures that captured it all.
Welcome to the town of Villa Epecuen. This old tourist retreat was established in the 1920s on the banks of a salt lake. Over 5,000 people made their homes there, and it was a holiday destination for thousands more every year.
Once a bustling region with lots of stores and activity, a horrific incident occurred that put a complete stop to the livelihood of its residents. That incident left the town in shambles and caused it to become essentially uninhabitable.
A massive dam that was located in the town burst in 1985. Over 33 feet of salt water came rushing into the streets and submerged the entire town within hours. Residents waited on their roofs thinking the water would recede, but it never did. Within two days the entire place was deserted.