Pompeii declared in a "state of emergency"

For the next year, the ancient city of Pompeii will exist in a "state of emergency" while Italian experts strive to save the historic ruins which suffer from "lack of investment, mismanagement, litter and looting."

In 79 C.E., the city was preserved by volcanic debris, but centuries of exposure to the elements and lack of care have led to crumbling plaster and mosaics.