Velka Kalamita (High Tatras, Slovakia)
“(…) On November 19, 2004, a storm with winds reaching a speed of 140-180 km/h literally flattened the forests on the south-eastern slopes of the Tatras National Park (NP), clearing a strip 2-5 km wide and 40-50 km long that covered an area of around 12,000 ha and affecting all zones of the park. The storm also severely damaged another several thousand hectares in other protected areas in the
northern and central parts of Slovakia, including the Lower Tatras and Muranska Planina National Parks, as well as some productive forests.
The volume of fallen timber is estimated variously at 2,5 to 3 or even as much as 4 to 5 million cubic meters. This corresponds to at least 90% of the annual felling of coniferous wood in Slovakia. Most of the affected forests were spruce monocultures planted at the beginning of the 20th century.
Also affected were a series of ski and spa resorts located along the south-eastern slopes of the Tatras mountains that depend on the park. The storm damaged a number of buildings, completely blocked the public transport system, and for a few days cut several buildings and their inhabitants off from the outside world. Tragically two people were killed.(…)”
The storm was called ‘Velka Kalamita’. The view is terrifying. These shots are from 2005. Today the empty places sprouted with grass. But a lot of fallen trees are still waiting to be removed.
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