More Pompeii Ruins Collapse

Critics say Berlusconi neglects historical site
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2010 5:39 PM CST
A stretch of garden wall ringing an ancient house in Pompeii which gave way after days of torrential rain is cordoned off in Pompeii, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)
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(Newser) – Two thousand years after that volcano did a number on Pompeii, the ancient Roman city is having another rough stretch. Two more walls collapsed today, reports the BBC. It's the second collapse this week and follows the collapse of the famous gladitorial house last month. The latest ruins to fall give ammunition to critics of Silvio Berlusconi, who have long charged that the government devotes inadequate care to preserving the country's heritage.

It's no small matter: About 3 million people visit the ruins every year, notes AP. UNESCO experts plan to visit the site tomorrow to inspect the damage. Pompeii is a World Heritage site because the ash from Mount Vesuvius that buried the city in AD 79 also preserved much of it, a gift for modern historians.

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