Malta Diary Extra “Going, going, gone” – Gozo’s iconic Azure Window disintegrates in heavy storm
Wednesday, 8th March 2017 was International Women’s Day, a day for felicitations and the extolling of female capabilities and virtues. In Malta and Gozo it became a day of National Mourning.
On Tuesday night a terrific storm gripped the Maltese islands with Gale Force 9 winds and seas and torrents of rain and ice lashing the exposed northern coasts where for thousands of years the iconic Dwejra Azure Window attracted world-wide admiration and attention and was one of UNESCO’s Natural World Heritage Sites in the northern part of Gozo.
Over the last 50 years the Window has been deteriorating steadily with geologists predicting not “maybe?” but “when?” Sadly, nothing could be done to act as a buffer against nature.
The main concern has always been the platform and the regular trampling by tourists wanting to take holiday snaps. Recently the platform was declared to be out of bounds and substantial fines imposed for trespassing.
However, the main concern has always been the outer sea pillar holding up the whole structure. Its base was diagnosed to be of soft limestone and much subject to the constant winds and heavy seas that buffet the area regularly.
On Wednesday, 8th March 2017 morning at 09.30 the Window still stood. Seconds later it disintegrated with a mighty crash and was no more – going, going, gone.
The event has been looked upon as a national catastrophe and caused widespread national mourning.
Sadly, it’s all over and Malta and Gozo have lost a truly natural gem
PS I predicted this event last year! Read on;