A very large earth crack opened on Britain’s Jurassic Coast after heavy rains caused thousands of tons of earth to give way on April 13, 2016.
The crack, measuring about 274 meters (900 feet) as of April 19, emerged in the land’s edge at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth, Dorset.
Video courtesy Ian Moore
“This area is well-known for landslips due to its geology of permeable limestone over impermeable clay,” Dorset County Council said. The council added that the “Jurassic Coast is dynamic and always on the move, especially during or after wet and wild weather.”
“The movement on the Weymouth cliff had been going on for several years, but the latest slip had happened quickly,” the council said.
Geologist Richard Edmonds said there’s a really big landslide in that area which has been there for years and the more rain we get, the more likely it is to move.
“It’s really hard to tell how quickly that will fall away because it’s driven by the weather. It will keep eating its way into the beautiful Dorset countryside, but the only reason the coast itself is beautiful and internationally important is because of that erosion.”
Members of the public are urged to heed the warning signs.
Featured image credit: Ian Moore
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