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Perito Moreno ice bridge collapses – but no-one was there to witness it

Ice bridges collapses – but in the dead of night, thwarting the thousands of tourists who had hoped to watch the spectacle.

Tuesday 13 March, 2018
View of the gap left after an arch of ice formed between the Perito Moreno glacier and the shore of Lago Argentino collapsed overnight, at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares near El Calafate, in the province of Santa Cruz, on March 12, 2018.
View of the gap left after an arch of ice formed between the Perito Moreno glacier and the shore of Lago Argentino collapsed overnight, at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares near El Calafate, in the province of Santa Cruz, on March 12, 2018. Foto:AFP/Walter Diaz

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An ice bridge that was part of the Perito Moreno glacier has collapsed – but in the dead of night, thwarting thousands of tourists who had hoped to watch the spectacle.

The natural arch in the Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia came crashing down overnight on Sunday during a storm while the park was closed, park authorities said yesterday.

An arch forms regularly in the glacier, a UNESCO world heritage site, as the water flow from a canal eats away at the ice.,For the first time in 16 years, the bridge fell in 2004 and since then it has come down every four years of so.

"It is always spectacular. The thing is, this time more water accumulated than in the last three or four times," Luciano Bernacchi, director of an ice museum called Glaciarium, told the TN television.

 

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