A Real Event

OMG, the 150-meter high San Rafael Waterfall on the Coca River in Ecuador is gone. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/world/san-rafael-waterfall-gone-trnd/index.html. It was the highest waterfall in Ecuador, and a major tourist attraction.   Apparently on 2 February of this year, a sinkhole opened up just upstream of the waterfall and swallowed up the Coca River. This was a real event. In my book The Unexpected, an earthquake that causes a canyon to open up and swallow the Churún River thus drying up Angel Falls in Venezuela was a fictional event. The similarity of events was duly noted by numerous of my readers who e-mailed or texted me on 1 April. I assumed that it was an April Fool’s joke and commented such. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be real. So, I guess that I will have to send my band of spelunkers to Ecuador to check out this new sinkhole. There is no telling about what they might find.



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