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Moment When Massive Landslide Brings Down Power Lines And Destroys Historic 122 Year Old Brazilian Mansion

Shocking moment: Massive landslide lays down power lines and destroys historic 122-year-old Brazilian mansion in UNESCO World Heritage city

  • A 19th-century mansion was destroyed by a landslide in Ouro Petro, a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais
  • Authorities say the landslide was caused by the unstable ground near Morro da Forca cliff after intense rainfall that recently drenched the state
  • The fire service and civil defense closed off the area around the mansion for about 40 minutes after inspection and judged it to be unstable
  • The two-storey mansion was built in 1890 and underwent extensive restorations between 2009 and 2010, but had been closed since 2012
  • The city of Ouro Petro was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980










Shocking images captured by a drone showed the moment a 19th-century mansion was swept away by a landslide in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

The area around the two-story house was cordoned off by firefighters in Ouro Preto’s historic city center on Thursday morning, about 40 minutes before an avalanche of rocks from the Morro da Forca crushed the neo-colonial house and a warehouse on an adjacent property.

Ouro Preto Municipal Civil Police reported no injuries or casualties, but locals mourn the loss of the building in the historic city, whose wealth of well-preserved architecture made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

According to the fire service, recent rain storms that have swept the region, including Ouro Preto where a resident was killed, caused significant structural problems at the cliff.

Drone footage captured the moment a 19th-century mansion was destroyed by a landslide Thursday in Ouro Petro, a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais

Drone footage captured the moment a 19th-century mansion was destroyed by a landslide Thursday in Ouro Petro, a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais

The mansion belonged to Ouro Petro City Hall.  It was renovated between 2009 and 2010, but was closed in 2012 due to possible landslides

The mansion belonged to Ouro Petro City Hall. It was renovated between 2009 and 2010, but was closed in 2012 due to possible landslides

The Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage recognized the mansion as the first neo-colonial building in the city of Ouro Petro.  The interior is pictured

The Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage recognized the mansion as the first neo-colonial building in the city of Ouro Petro. The interior is pictured

Fire officials have sealed off the area after the landslide over concerns that instability on the Morro da Forca property could also destroy a restaurant and hotel adjacent to the mansion.

All residents near the cliff were removed from their homes until an extensive study of the cliff was completed.

“The vegetation is natural, but it is insufficient to guarantee stability in the event of similar movements,” said Ouro Preto Civil Defense geololist Charles Murta, according to Brazilian online outlet G1. “What caused this movement was the slope of the slope itself, the geological features typical of the region and, most importantly, what we call the cause of the disturbance was the large amount of rain that has accumulated since December 26.”

Although no rain was forecast for Friday and Saturday, heavy rain is expected in Ouro Preto throughout the next week.

At least 16 roads are closed to traffic due to rain damage.

“(The heavy rainfall of the past few days) causes the ground to become saturated with water, and this saturation can cause a mass movement even at a time when it is not raining,” said Lieutenant Pedro Aikara of the Minas Gerais Fire Service.

Aerial drone footage of the 19th-century mansion crushed by a landslide on Thursday in Ouro Petro, Brazil

Aerial drone footage of the 19th-century mansion crushed by a landslide on Thursday in Ouro Petro, Brazil

Another photo with the beautiful parquet floor in the neocolonial mansion, which has now been destroyed

Another photo with the beautiful parquet floor in the neocolonial mansion, which has now been destroyed

Firefighters had to cordon off the area for about 40 minutes before a landslide destroyed a mansion and warehouse

Firefighters had to cordon off the area for about 40 minutes before a landslide destroyed a mansion and warehouse

According to the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage, the mansion was the first neo-colonial building in Ouro Petro.

The land on which Baeta Neves’ mansion stood was bought by a family in 1890 before the residence was built two years later.

The Ouro Petro mansion was completed in 1892. The Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage listed the mansion as the first neo-colonial building in Ouro Petro,

The Ouro Petro mansion was completed in 1892. The Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage listed the mansion as the first neo-colonial building in Ouro Petro,

Interior of the 19th-century mansion destroyed by the landslide in Ouro Preto, Brazil on Thursday

Interior of the 19th-century mansion destroyed by the landslide in Ouro Preto, Brazil on Thursday

The mansion underwent extensive restorations between 2009 and 2010, but had been closed since 2012.

‘(The mansion) had a beautiful ceiling, all filled in, with hardwoods, and now it’s collapsed. It’s another piece of memory of Ouro Preto that fades because of the rain,” said Margareth Monteiro, Municipal Secretary of Culture and Tourism of Ouro Petro.

The city of Ouro Petro has been considered a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) since 1980.

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