Niagara Falls Cave Closed: What Caused Cave of The Winds Rockslide? [VIDEO]
Niagara Falls iconic Cave of The Winds has closed for the season due to a massive rockslide inside the cave that collapsed several gates and railings, the Washington Post reports. Fortunately for tourism dollars the Niagara Falls cave closed only two days ahead of schedule. The Cave of the Winds, as well as the Maid of the Mist boat tour, were scheduled to close for the season on Wednesday. While the Niagara falls cave is closed, state park personnel will go through and check for loose rocks and remove any that could potentially fall and cause more damage.
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So, what caused the rockslide that caused Niagara Falls to close the Cave of the Winds? According to NationalAtlas.gov, there can be numerous causes for a rockslide and many of them are present in the Cave of the Winds. Geological causes like weak and weathered materials, coupled with subterranean erosion are likely causes for the rockslide. Those are just the natural forces. Humans have an impact on rockslides too, particularly artificial vibration and water leakage. The cave is not only susceptible to the water leakage and vibrations caused by Niagara Falls itself, but the Cave of the Winds is also affected by the vibrations from the massive amounts of foot and vehicle traffic from tourists and spectators.
Fortunately, no one was in the cave at the time of the collapse. But state park officials took the proper precautions and the Niagara Falls cave will remain closed until next spring.
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