Yesterday, a 300 metre section of a cliff on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset collapsed leaving several sheep stranded. The rockfall saw 4,000 tonnes of debris plummet on to a beach below and into the sea. The rockfall is the UK’s biggest in 60 years.
Some reports say the debris came away in massive chunks, the size of cars, and entire trees were pulled out of the earth and plunged into the sea. More of the cliff is expected to collapse so Dorset council has urged people to stay away from the area and have cordoned off parts of the coastal path.
A council spokesperson said: “Further movement is expected with fresh cracks affecting the fence line but not the coast path. We will monitor over the next few weeks to ensure that any further movement does not affect access.
“Now the ground is drying out, there is the possibility of more slips and falls and they can happen very quickly. For your safety, keep clear of tops and bases of cliffs when out and about.”
There have been numerous collapses across the country in the last few months. There was a large rockfall in Eype in November and a part of the White Cliffs of Dover collapsed into the sea in February.
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site stretching from East Devon to Dorset, a distance of about 96 miles.
The coastline covers 185 million years of geological history – covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Fossilised remains of the various creatures that lived here have been preserved in the rocks.