Drowned city in Argentina

Back in the 1920s, a tourist village named Villa Epecuen was established along the shore of Lake Epecuen, a salt lake some 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lago Epecuen is like most other mountain lakes, except for one important difference. It has salt levels second only to the Dead Sea, and ten times higher than any ocean.

Lago Epecuen therapeutic powers have been known for centuries. Legend has it that the lake was formed by the tears of a great leader to mourn the pain of his beloved. It is said that Epecuen – or « eternal spring » – can cure depression, rheumatism, skin diseases, anemia or diabetes.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the first residents and visitors began to arrive at the Villa Epecuen and set up tents on the edges. Villa Epecuen transformed from a quiet mountain village to a bustling tourist resort. The village soon had a line of railway connecting it to Buenos Aires. Before long, tourists from all over South America and the world came together, and in the 1960s, no fewer than 25,000 people come every year to soak in salt water soothing. The city’s population peaked in 1970 with more than 5,000. Nearly 300 companies have flourished, including hotels, inns, spas, shops and museums.

Around the same time, a long-term weather event was delivering far more rain than usual to the surrounding hills for years, and Lago Epecuen began to swell. On 10 November 1985, the huge volume of water has passed the barrier of rocks and soil and flooded much of the city under a meter of water. In 1993, the flood of slow growth consumed the town until it is covered by 10 feet of water.

Nearly 25 years later, in 2009, reversed the wet weather and waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started to return to the surface.

No one returned to the city, with the exception of 81 years, Pablo Novak is now one resident Villa Epecuen the.

« I am here. I’m just alone. I read the newspaper. And I always think of the golden age of the city in the 1960s and 70s, « Novak said.

In 2011, AFP photographer Juan Mabromata visited the ruins of Villa Epecuen met its sole inhabitant, and returned with these images.

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Two Man shot to death in Their Car-Mexico

Two men were « executed » a goat horn rafagazos yesterday afternoon car to car in the Countryside subdivision.

One of the victimized was unofficially identified, which is the vehicle flown by the board of which riddled, his identity is unknown companion.

It should be noted that one of the « pilot » Nissan Sentra car model red colored old plates VNC-4465, had in his possession a gun 5.7X28 mm caliber squad known as the kill-police, tucked at the waist, while the companion found him an extra magazine of the same caliber, in one of his pockets was wearing.

The bloody and terrible events were raised about 14 hours on Saturday when the now deceased aboard the vehicle described circulating Eldorado Boulevard and from another vehicle were attacked with assault rifles high power.

The « pilot » who was unofficially identified as Jesus Sauceda Nedel Medina, allegedly fatally shot dropped the wheel of the Sentra that after crossing the boulevard Doctor Mora crashed into a palm tree.

In this he was found a card with that name, according to police reports.

Passenger not likely knew his identity, and the alleged attackers knew nothing, only to have shot at his victims from another moving vehicle.

As evidence of the pavement strewn boulevards just plain caliber 7.62X39 several millimeters.

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Montserrat modern day ,pompeii-Antilles

Montserrat is a Caribbean island located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, in the West Indies, and a British overseas territory. The island was partially destroyed when a previously dormant Soufrière Hills volcano erupted in July 1995, engulfing Montserrat’s Georgian era capital city of Plymouth with more than 12 metres of mud. Two-thirds of the island’s population was forced to flee. The volcano continued to erupt regularly during the late 1990s, including one on June 25, 1997 in which nineteen people died when they were overtaken by a pyroclastic flow. The most recent period of increased activity at the Soufrière Hills volcano, from November 2009 through February 2010, sent a fresh pyroclastic flows down several sides of the mountain, and a column of ash more than 20,000 feet into the air. Since 2010, the volcano has been relatively quiet, but the city remains mostly buried in mud and hardened rock.

 

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An « exclusion zone » extending from the south coast of the island north to parts of the Belham Valley has been imposed because of the size of the existing volcanic dome and the resulting potential for pyroclastic activity. Presently visitors are not permitted entry into the exclusion zone, but an impressive view of the destruction of Plymouth can be seen from the top of Garibaldi Hill in Isles Bay.

Despite the volcanic activity, a large part of Montserrat remains lush and green. In February 2005, The Princess Royal officially opened a new airport at Gerald’s in the north; the previous airport was destroyed by the volcano. A new capital town and port is being developed at Little Bay in the northwest of the island where new docking facilities are in place. The current government centre is at Brades, a short distance away.

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Man Tortured and Executed-Mexico

Handcuffed and shot in different parts of the body as well as visible signs of torture, was found « executed » the morning of Tuesday, a person so far unknown.

The deceased was semi-naked, only wearing a pair of jeans and barefoot.

The victim was found on the fractionation gap leading to the road Capistrano The Costerita.

The stranger was face down, his head covered with a cloth and was subject of the hands to the back, to the naked eye is appreciated bullet wounds and signs of having been severely beaten.

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Maeklong Railway Market-Thailand

Maeklong Railway Market, located in Samut Songkhram, Thailand, around 37 miles west of Bangkok, looks like any other open-air market in Asia. There are tropical fruits and vegetables such as lychee, durian, and mango in big brightly colored piles, variety of dried spices, pastes and herbs, freshly caught seafood and other local foods. The crowd weave their way around in between vendors, picking up whatever they need for the day. The market is sheltered by low-hanging awnings/umbrellas and if you look closely, you will notice that you are actually walking on train rails.

Then a piercing siren sounds and in a flash the market transforms – the shoppers disappear and the stallholders whip away their produce. One moment you see the locals shopping for their vegetables and the next moment the vendors will scoop up their baskets and boxes and anything that lies over the track. The market comes to a standstill as all the vendors hold on to the poles supporting their awnings to make way for the train to pass. It is such a tight squeeze that the train travelling at about 15mph almost touches the fruits, vegetables and everything else at the marketplace as it passes through.

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Once the train is gone, the vendors push back the stalls and awnings into position and everything goes back to normal as if nothing has happened. After all the market has been here for generations way before when the railway was set up in 1905.

Thais call this place Talad Rom Hoop Market which literally translates to “Market Umbrella Pulldown”. You will understand the name once you see the video

Trains runs through the Maeklong Railway Market 7 times a day, 7 days a week. In the morning, the train passes by the market 4 times. The train arrives at 0840hrs from Ban Laem Station and departs from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station at 0900hrs. The next train arrives at 1120hrs from Ban Laem and depart from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station at 1130hrs. In the afternoon, the train passes by the market 3-4 times. The train arrives at 1430hrs from Ban Laem and departs from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station at 1530hrs. The next train arrives at 1740hrs from Ban Laem and may or may not depart from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station. Do note that the train schedule is subject to change so check the schedules with the train station before planning your journey to Maeklong.

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