October 1, 2022

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Spanish Medusa Festival: 1 dead and 17 injured after stage collapse

Spanish Medusa Festival: 1 dead and 17 injured after stage collapse

The disaster occurred at the Medusa Festival in the town of Colera near Valencia at 4:18 am local time “due to strong winds”.

The festival administration announced early Saturday morning the suspension of the festival.

“Due to the bad weather that occurred in the early hours of August 13, 2022, and with the aim of ensuring the security of concert-goers, workers and artists gathered at the Medusa Festival, the festival organization has suspended its activities for the time being,” the festival management said on Instagram.

“The festival site has been cleared as a precaution in order to facilitate the work of the emergency and security services at Medusa Festiva,” she added.

Videos posted on social media in the early hours of Saturday morning showed strong winds and structures falling from the platform, while large crowds of attendees were evacuated.

The Valencia department of Spain’s National Weather Service (AEMET) said on Twitter that the warm breeze produces very strong winds and sudden increases in temperature.

At about 3 a.m. local time, it was a violent 40.5°C (104.9°F) at Alicante Elche airport, just south of the concert site, on the Mediterranean coast — with winds of 82 kilometers (about 50 miles) in the hour. .

Temperatures are rising across Europe with Droughts were reported in several parts of England and forest fires in France.
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