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The unluckiest museums in the world? Croatia faces string of natural disasters
“What next: Godzilla?” said a citizen of Croatia’s capital after a freak storm hit Zagreb on the night of 24 July, just four months after an earthquake caused severe damage to houses, the cathedral and museums.
The biggest problem for the city’s many museums has been that most have been storing works in their basements after their buildings were made unsafe by the tremors on 22 March, at the height of the Covid-19 crisis.
Sanjin Mihelic, the director of Zagreb’s Archaeological Museum, who has been working to conserve its collections ever since then, spent all night in the basement trying to save his objects from the flood water. The Museum of Decorative Arts, which has been coping with a collapsed roof and no chimneys, had water coming up from the ground; its pumps could not cope with the 100 litres of rain per square metre that fell in just 10 hours. Detailed reports on damage to the works of art are being compiled…
The Deadliest Natural Disasters From The 20th Century
A natural disaster is defined by the World Health Organization as “an act of nature of such magnitude as to create a catastrophic situation.” Some of the most common natural disasters are hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis. The 20th century (1901-2000) saw many catastrophic events take place, some of which are considered to be deadliest natural disasters of all time. Floods, earthquakes and tropical storms ravaged various parts of the world. Read on below to find out which natural events caused the most destruction…