Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Malta's 'Azure Window' rock formation collapses into the sea

Malta's Azure Window collapses into the sea Malta's 'Azure Window' rock formation collapses into the sea
Elaine Woods | 12 March, 2017, 00:19

Geologists had long warned that the structure, on the north-western coast of the small island of Gozo, was eroding fast and the authorities had banned visitors from walking on top of it.

But the natural "Azure Window" rock arch that jutted off Gozo Island in the Maltese archipelago is sadly no more. "By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too".

A lovely rock known as Azure Window which was once featured as a backdrop in the Game of Thrones series has collapsed into the sea.

According to the Times of Malta, a 2013 government report had concluded that while the erosion was inevitable, the structure was in no immediate danger of collapsing. No injuries were reported on Wednesday. Numerous residents have witnessed what happened to the Azure Window as it collapsed into the sea.

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The Azure Window appeared in the very first episode of HBO's fantasy series - it was the location chosen for the Dothraki wedding scenes between Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa).

Malta's Premier Joseph Muscat broke the news on Twitter, saying: "I have just been informed that the lovely Tieqa tad-Dwejra in has collapsed".

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Twitter: "Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion. That sad day arrived", he said. It added that about 80 percent of tourists to the island visited the famed rock formation.

Environment Minister Jose Herrara said that, "what unfortunately happened today was a force unseen with the natural elements taking their course".

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