The Independent

UK - Climate crisis: Why are we seeing so many huge cliff falls on the UK’s coastline?

A dramatic landslide in Nefyn on the coast of North Wales has prompted Gwynedd police to warn the public to “avoid the area until further notice.”

Cliffs and even parts of people’s gardens were sent crashing to the beach on Monday afternoon with eyewitnesses saying that the damaged area is up to 40 metres wide.

According to the British Geological Survey, Nefyn is located in a “subsidence hazard zone”, meaning its surface geology is made up of weak, superficial drift deposits of clay, silt, sand and gravel.

The incident was not the only significant rockfall on the British coastline this week, following 4,000 tonnes of cliff-face breaking away from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset on 13 April.

Boulders the size of cars blocked a 300-metres stretch of beach between Seatown and Eype Beach in an incident described as the most severe seen in the region for 60 years.

“The Jurassic Coast is an amazing place to visit but it is an ever changing landscape,” Dorset Council said. “Wind, waves and weather all act on the cliffs which can fall and slip without warning.”

The same area was battered by stormy weather last summer, prompting the county council to warn visitors away from Hive Beach near Burton Bradstock over the late August bank holiday weekend.

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