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> Machu Picchu, disappearing?
starlagurl
post Mar 4 2009, 05:34 PM
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http://www.gonomad.com/destinations/0902/p...chu-picchu.html

There might be an earthquake at the famous Machu Picchu, if not, then tourists will trample all over it....says a writer who recently visited.

The daily crowds at Machu Picchu during season from June to September (over 400,000 visited in 2003) are pounding the ruins to pulp as the next earthquake is certain to do. The end of Machu Picchu is almost in sight.





The Disaster Prevention Institute of Japan's Koyota University reached this conclusion in a June 2001 study. Machu Picchu lies directly on the Tambomachuy Fault and its destruction is exacerbated by the daily earthquake of tromping feet that have already helped topple the middle wall below the Hitching Post of the Sun. Cracks are appearing in walls all over the site.




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post Mar 4 2009, 11:27 PM
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I'm a bit skeptical about loosing Machu Picchu to an earthquake. It's stood there for over half a millennium without major mishap. Due to its isolation, it receives a fraction of the visitors that trample over most European and North American attractions. Mr. Rich makes it sound like rush hour in Tokyo.


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post Mar 9 2009, 10:02 AM
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Hahaha maybe for an ancient city site it IS like rush hour in Tokyo! It's a delicate place, is it not?


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post Mar 9 2009, 10:39 AM
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To me the Incas knew how to build to make things last. In Cusco the Inca foundations of the city are standing up to the test of time far better that the later Spanish constructions and certainly better than modern buildings. Machu Picchu is as tough as nails.

Much more delicate and worthy of protection are the coastal sites such as the Nazca Lines and the vast adobe cities and temples of the pre-Inca Mochica and Chimu. Due to climate change rainfall is increasing on the desert coastline of Peru, and each rain washes a part of these unique constructions into the ground.


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post Mar 9 2009, 10:50 AM
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Very good point, I hadn't thought of that...hmmm... something to ponder. Thanks!


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post Apr 3 2009, 01:06 PM
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I was there yesterday.. looks solid as a rock to me. pun intended. I think climate change will be a bigger problem than earthquake. Just not in my lifetime.
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post Apr 3 2009, 02:03 PM
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When I was there in June 2007, our guide told us that UNESCO were threatening to take away their World Heritage Site status away unless they did something to restrict the number of visitors and where they could actually walk.

Whether this is still in the pipeline or not I don't know.


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I think it will be climate driven too. Not sure about anyone else, but when I was there at Easter 2007, I was so awestruck by it, that I just wandered around going "Woah"!!! I don't remember ever seeing anyone climbing over the structures or anything, as everyone seemed to be in the same state of mind with it. Truly amazing place, long may it stand!


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Machu Picchu is the most incredible place! It will stand the test of time even further, I think it's just scaremongering - ''see it while it still exists!'' Sure does bring in the crowds and the $$$
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post Jun 23 2009, 04:24 PM
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Good point Laura. The thing about these types of rumours is that you can't prove them either way. Then there are people profiting from people who "just want to be safe".


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