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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Hundreds of coffins fall into the sea following collapse of an Italian cemetery

ItalyThe Camogli cemetery, which is over 100 years old, sits along an area of seaside cliffs. A landslide on the coast in which these cliffs are situated caused the collapse of the cemetery which resulted in an estimated 200 coffins falling off the cliffside. Of the 200 coffins, only 10 have been recovered. 

Francesco Olivari, the mayor of Camogli, stated that the collapse of the cemetery was an "unimaginable catastrophe." 

Last week some maintenance was being done "along the area of fragile coastline" when workers noticed some cracks in the rock and had to stop working. Olivari mentioned that the "signs of fissures" were near the area that collapsed. "This type of collapse that happened today is very hard to detect or to predict," Olivari said. "This area is subject to this type of collapse -- it's very fragile."

Officials are continuing to survey the site in attempts to recover coffins and corpses. 

See Valentina Di Donato & Amanda Jackson, Hundreds of coffins fall into the sea following collapse of an Italian cemetery, CNN, February 23, 2021.


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