The popular limestone arch of Gozo island in Malta collapsed into the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday. The arch served as a backdrop in the first episode of "Game of Thrones" and "Clash of the Titans". “Reports commissioned over the years indicated that this landmark would be hard hit by unavoidable natural corrosion,” said Joseph Muscat, the country’s prime minister, via Twitter on Wednesday. “That sad day arrived.”
Malta, in the central Mediterranean, has a population of roughly 400,000 and counts tourism as a main economic driver. In 2013 a geological study of the site found that erosion was inevitable.