Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mar de Leva Waves Destroy Historic Pier of Puerto Colombia

Here's another example of the "Mar de Leva" effect wreaking it's havoc on the Colombian caribbean coast.
On March 7th, 2009 the historic pier of Puerto Colombia was destroyed by high winds and strong waves.
After already 3 days of constant high winds and swells, a stretch of some 200 meters (656 feet) long of its more than 500-meter (1,640-foot) length collapsed, and floated into the sea.
Residents of the Puerto Colombia municipality said that the destruction of the pier “is the loss of a great part of the history” of this coastal town, which had made it “the trading port” of the nation, and which during it's glory years received many of Colombia's jewish, german, lebanese, italian and other European immigrants.
The Pier of Puerto Colombia near Barranquilla was inaugurated June 15, 1893 and was built by Cuban architect Francisco Javier Cisneros.

Here are some pictures from that day courtesy of iguanamar.com:

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