May 24, 2012
Lake Cachet II in Chile’s southern Patagonia vanished in less than 24 hours, leaving behind just some large puddles and chunks of ice in the vast lake bed. Lake Cachet II’s 200 million cubic liters of water gushed out into the Baker river, tripling its volume and emptying the five square kilometer (two square miles) lake bed. Cachet II has drained 11 times since 2008. The people living beside the Colonia River in the Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia are under constant threat of a sudden catastrophic flood sweeping down from the mountains above them.