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Carnoferox

Brazil National Museum Fire

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Carnoferox

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45392668

This fire will likely result in the loss of millions of important specimens, including unique Brazilian fossils, ancient Egyptian artifacts, etc.

Truly a scientific tragedy.

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Bavarian Raven

:( 

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Astra.

Oh gosh, that's devastating. 

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Sir Wearer of Hats

Holy **** ... how devastating.

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The Caspian Hare

This is terrible!

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Dark_Grey

:(:(

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RoofGardener

Looks like human negligence. Apparently the structure of the museum was dilapidated. The nearby fire hydrants didn't work, and I expect to hear news stories about sprinklers not working - or not existing -  VERY shortly. 

they DID have a priceless collection of artifacts. 

They didn't look after it. 

Now they have a hole in the ground. 

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Gromdor

Neglect and budget cuts.  Scrimping a few pennies ended up losing priceless things.  Hopefully this can be a learning lesson to others about the care of their national parks and treasures.

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Still Waters

What a terrible loss of so many irreplaceable things. Here's the latest from the BBC:

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Brazil museum fire: Funding cuts blamed as icon is gutted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45398084

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The Caspian Hare

Some staff risked their lives to pull out artifacts

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/national-museum-staff-saves-irreplaceable-pieces-during-fire/

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A group of around forty of them arrived on the scene shortly after the start of the blaze at around 7:30 PM Sunday and charged into the burning building in a last-ditch attempt to save some of its most valuable pieces.

“We decided to select the material of greatest scientific and irreplaceable value,” explained museum paleontologist Paulo Buckup to Globo news.

Buckup, who has worked at the National Museum since 1996, led the group’s harrowing entry into the museum. “There were constant collapses while we were inside. There were falling objects and lots of smoke. In one area we realized there was a real risk of the ceiling collapsing, we could not assess when the third floor would fall.”

 

 

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