Fire Devastates Historic Japanese Castle

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BBC image of Fire Consuming Japan's Historic Shuri Castle © BBC
Thursday, 31 October, 2019

500 year old Shuri Castle is a Unesco World Heritage site above the city of Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The castle is built from wood and was reconstructed after destruction in World War Two. It is not yet known what started the blaze but the wooden structures were recently lacquered and this may have had an effect. Strong winds hampered attempts to put out the fire, which burnt down all but seven of the key buildings of the castle.

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