February 29th, 1912 – The Piedra Movediza Breaks!

Today-In-History

Piedra Movediza (also known as the shifting stone) was a stone located in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Its weight was about 300 tons. It attracted attention and tourists because of the way it was balanced on the edge of a hill. The stone fell and broke on February 29th, 1912. Some sources say it fell due to vandalism or vibrations caused by explosions in a nearby quarry.

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It was located on the top of La Movediza hill, at the coordinates 37°18′34″S 59°10′00″W Coordinates: 37°18′34″S 59°10′00″W

When it fell and broke, it was between 5 and 6 p.m. Nobody could specify the true time or cause of the fall as there were no witnesses.

One theory for the cause of the fall was that the quarrymen were annoyed with the tourist visits to the place. Another possibility was that it fell due to vibrations from blasting of the bore in the quarries nearby.

It was particularly interesting not only because of the way it balanced on the face of the hill, but also because it rocked from morning to evening in a very slow fashion (imperceptible to the eye). People used to place bottles under the bottom of the massive rock only to see them smashed later in the day.

In 2007 a copy of the stone was put in the same place where the original was situated. It is thought of as a symbol of Tandil. This place was named “Parque Lítico La Movediza”.

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