Meteorite Survives Catastrophic Fire at the National Museum of Brazil

A municipal police officer controls a demonstrator during a protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Image Protesters clashed with police outside the museum

A massive fire consumed the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro last Sunday evening after visiting hours.

The museum held Latin America's largest collection of historical artifacts, and the damage was feared to be catastrophic. Their pleasing photos of peacocks and coiled dragons withstood the eruption of Mount Vesuvius two millennia within the past, but they'd also neutral now be misplaced. About ninety% of its series is believed to be destroyed. AJ+ (@ajplus) September Four, 2018 Curators and teachers are struggling to system to terms with the dimensions of the be anxious. For some, it meant the disintegration of a career.

Museum officials said they were not yet able to ascertain just how much of the museum's collection was lost, as firefighters continue to work inside the building.

For others, it means an immeasurable blow to Brazil's cultural memory.

"We Brazilians only have 500 years of history".

Burned remnants of these priceless papers were found as far as 3 kilometers from the museum after the fire. "It is a pitiful tragedy. Inside it there are delicate and inflammable pieces, a fabulous library", museum director Alexander Kellner told the Guardian.

The German Foreign Ministry will coordinate national efforts to provide support in the cleanup and rebuilding of Brazil's National Museum, which was devastated by fire earlier this week, German Deputy Minister for International Culture Michelle Müntefering said on Wednesday.

Also contained in the museum were historic documents chronicling two centuries of Brazilian history.

The Museum of Anthropology has a similar ladle but it wasn't as intricate as the one that was destroyed, Duffek said.

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It was not clear what was at the site when the building caught fire Sunday night. According to initial reports, only one-tenth of the collection has been preserved. But while the flames had been subdued, they stoked Brazilians' ire. Because Brazil was part of the Portuguese kingdom, the piece eventually ended up in the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Experiences display that the constructing's sprinkler intention became now not functioning wisely; firefighters needed to dredge water from a shut-by pond since the hydrants by the museum did now not work. "It makes me want to cry". "I feel very sorry for my colleagues, some of whom have worked here for 30 or 40 years". We're forgetting our history. "This amplifies our ignorance".

The burning down of a museum that contained a significant share of the heritage of humanity in the Americas and worldwide was the entirely predictable and preventable outcome of the policies pursued by Brazil's governments in the face of the onset of the country's economic crisis in 2014, both under the Workers Party (PT) administration of President Dilma Rousseff and, following her 2016 impeachment on trumped-up charges of budgetary malfeasance, her former right-wing vice president and successor, Michel Temer. But museum officers display a long legacy of budget cuts and neglect.

The building itself was not insured.

In a sign of how strapped the museum was, when a termite infestation previous year forced the closure of room that house a 13-yard-long dinosaur skeleton, officials turned to crowdfunding to raise the money to reopen the room. "This is the genesis of your nation ... accumulate you stamp?" "We need society to lend a hand us".

"Brazil is a fantastic country, a handsome country, but it is blighted by the lack of education", Brazilian author Paulo Coelho lamented in the Guardian.

The destruction of the Brazilian National Museum stands as a stark warning to working people in Brazil and throughout the world. "Rich people go to museums - but in London, New York or Paris, not in Rio or São Paulo".

"Look at the irony, the money is now there, but we ran out of time", he said.

Tharoor writes about foreign affairs for The Washington Post.

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