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Second Pompeii structure collapses

By anita nair
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Washington, Dec 1 (ANI): Just weeks after a similar disaster, another structure has collapsed in Pompeii and has raised new fears about the fate of the ancient Roman town.

A 25-foot-long garden wall that surrounds one of Pompeii's best-known houses, the so-called House of the Moralist, collapsed on Tuesday, reports Discovery News.

The building lies along Via dell'Abbondanza, some 65 feet from the ruins of the frescoed House of Gladiators, which crumbled into a pile of rubble earlier this month.

Both disasters at the site of the 2,000-year-old city, which was buried beneath volcanic ash in 79 AD, were said to be caused by torrential rains.

"The terraces behind the House of the Moralist have collapsed, bringing down the garden wall," Pompeii superintendency said in an emailed statement.

"The wall was completely reconstructed after a World War II bombing destroyed the original structure," he added.

Luckly, no major damage seems to have occurred to the House of the Moralist.

"We are living in a continuous state of emergency. Pompeii is a frail town, all walls without a covering are at risk if this heavy rains continues," said Jeannette Papadopoulos, Pompeii's recently appointed superintendent.

Following the collapse of the House of Gladiators, the officials had warned that almost three-quarters of Pompeii was in danger of collapse. (ANI)

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