Heavy Rain Causes Wall To Collapse At Pompeii Site

MILAN (November 30, 2012)--A wall at the Pompeii archeological site has collapsed after days of heavy rain, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The collapse Friday of a six-foot section of wall in an area closed to tourists is the latest in a series that has raised concern about the state of the cultural treasure.

In 2010, a 2,000-year-old house collapsed in the ancient Roman city that was once used by gladiators to train before combat.

The Italian government and the European Commission last spring announced a project to spend $136 million to secure the Pompeii site.

Some 3 million people each year visit the ancient city south of Naples that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by a volcanic eruption from Mount Vesuvius.

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