Malta's Azure Window, As Seen On 'Game Of Thrones,' Collapses Into Sea

Malta's Azure Window collapses into the sea

Local media outlets also mentioned the heavy storm when reporting about the collapse.

Speaking to Sky News, Joseph Muscat said an "international initiative" will see "what the future holds" after the famous landmark was destroyed.

"Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion", Malta's prime minister Joseph Muscat commented on Twitter.

I have just been informed that the attractive Tieqa tad-Dwejra in #Gozo has collapsed.

"It is a very sad day for Malta".

Environment minister Jose Herrera said during a press conference (via The Washington Post) that multiple studies were undertaken about the rock structure, all of which concluded that nothing could have been done to prevent the collapse.

The public and politicians are right to believe they have lost part of their national heritage after the Azure Window crashed into the sea last Wednesday. It eventually got to the point that a $1,500 fine was put in place for anyone who walks across it.

But this was not Malta's only arch, nor the only location on Gozo featured on the HBO blockbuster.

One Gozo resident who witnessed the storm this week described the arch collapsing into the sea "with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray". "The Window is gone for good, but hopefully its collapse will prompt citizens and politicians to reflect and take action to save what natural resources we have left, before it is too late".

Dr Peter Gatt, a geologist, told the Malta Independent the collapse followed years of erosion caused by under- and overground sea swells.

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