Rain collapses 11ft of wall at Pompeii

Heavy rains have damaged a temple and caused an 11 ft stretch of wall to crumble at Pompeii Photo: Mario Laporta (from The Daily Telegraph)

Italy’s new cultural minister have demanded explanation after an 11ft segment of wall was damaged and collapsed after heavy rain.

This follows a smaller collapse on Saturday of a part of an arch supporting the Temple of Venus.

An emergency meeeting has been called for Tuesday and the minister is demanding more information in terms of the reasons for collapse and how this relate to the progress of the EU-funded Grand Pompeii Project.

The news sources can be found below:

Reuters: New Italy government investigates fresh collapses in ancient Pompeii: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/02/uk-italy-pompeii-idUKBREA210FW20140302

The Guardian (article as Reuters): Down Pompeii: emergency meeting called after collapses in ancient city: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/pompeii-collapses-ancient-city

Fox News: Wall in ancient Pompeii collapses after heavy rain: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/03/02/wall-in-ancient-pompeii-collapses-after-heavy-rain/

The Daily Telegraph: Heavy rains bring down Pompeii wall: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10671333/Heavy-rains-bring-down-Pompeii-wall.html

The Daily Mail (Good photos): Pompeii is threatened again… this time by the weather: Walls collapse at Roman city preserved under volcanic ash after weeks of rain: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2517219/Pompeii-threatened–time-weather-Walls-collapse-Roman-city-preserved-volcanic-ash-weeks-rain.html

Il Messagero (For photos of the Temple of Venus damage): Pompei, nuovo crolli nel Templo di Venere e nella tomba di Porta Nocera: http://www.ilmessaggero.it/PRIMOPIANO/CRONACA/pompei_crollo_tempio_venere_tomba_porta_nocera/notizie/549988.shtml

ANSA: Pompei, due crolli nelle ultime ore: http://ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/cultura/2014/03/02/Pompei-due-crolli-nelle-ultime-ore_10166827.html

Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo: Crolli a Pompei, Franceschini convoca vertice d’urgenza: http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Comunicati/visualizza_asset.html_622812584.html

BBC Mundo: Italia se mueve para salvar la antigua ciudad romana de Pompeya: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ultimas_noticias/2014/03/140302_ultnot_italia_pompeya_msd.shtml

lainformacion.com: Pompeya sufre nuevos derrubes en su necrópolis y su Templo de Venus: http://noticias.lainformacion.com/ciencia-y-tecnologia/programas-espaciales/pompeya-sufre-nuevos-derrumbes-en-su-necropolis-y-su-templo-de-venus_jzkD1pgqFvGMqfnBaZaDs7/

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