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Pompeii wall collapse: Ancient city damaged by rain

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A section of famous wall tumbled into rubble near Naples, Italy, over the weekend at the site of the ancient city of Pompeii. The Pompeii wall collapse happened after days of heavy rain weakened the area. Inadequate drainage, officials say and Fox News reports on Monday, March 3, caused the damage.“Pompeii has had problems for years and years and years,” Lisa Ackerman, of the World Monuments fund, said. “The pressure to keep it open as a tourist venue puts a lot of pressure on the monument.” Problems can happen to structures more than 2000 years old, to the surprise of no one. With age comes fragility, even in walls and buildings made of stone.

The ruins of Pompeii are a popular tourist attraction in Italy, but the once-buried Roman city requires a great deal of care and maintenance. The section of wall that collapsed was in an area already closed to the public, and no one was injured in the Pompeii wall collapse, but a similar disaster happened in 2012, and Italian officials are calling for action.

In 79 A.D., the city of Pompeii was buried, almost without warning, by lava spewing from nearby Mount Vesuvius. The ruins show ordinary people going about an ordinary day, before they were entombed by molten rock. For many years, visitor have been fascinated by the details digging has revealed.

Now it is up to the Italian government to keep the site available for viewing. “How many walls have to fall, how much rain or snow should we expect to see a turnaround in state finance for the protection of cultural assets," asked Giulia Rodano, a cultural affairs spokesman. That is, indeed, the question for today.

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