Jurassic Coast rockfall: Fossil hunters are warned to stay away

Stay away from the Jurassic Coast: Fossil hunters are urged not go to site of biggest collapse in 60 years as experts warn more rocks will ‘come crashing downafter onlookers were seen clambering on rubble

  • 4,000-tonne rockfall has completely blocked off a beach along a stretch of Britain’s historic Jurassic Coast
  • Huge chunk from sandstone cliff gave way causing boulders the size of cars to plummet onto Seatown Beach
  • Landslip affecting almost 1,000ft of cliffside on Monday night, met hele bome gesien wat na die see dryf
  • Dozens of people defied warnings to stay away as expert warned another crack means more rocks will fall
  • More rocks will ‘absolutely come crashing downas a large crack remains in the side of a cliff face where 4,000 tonnes of sandstone plummeted onto a Dorset beach overnight on Monday, experts today warned.

    A crowd of fossil enthusiasts have since gathered on the beach where a 430ft cliff gave waydescribed as the biggest rockfall in 60 jare – causing boulders the size of cars to fall onto Seatown Beach.

    A dozen or so people have been photographed clambering over large chunks of rubble to get a better look at the exposed rockface despite the danger still posed by the nearby cliff.

    Richard Edmond, a local geology expert, warned more rocks were likely to soon ‘come crashing downas a crack had formed in the western side.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘It is such a steep cliff it won’t be a gentle slide eitherit will come absolutely crashing down.

    The cliff face is made up of a ‘complex blendof clay and sandstone, hy het gesê, adding that landslides often ‘bring down a lot of great rocks and fossilsbut the sea needs to wash away the mud before it is worth paying a visit.

    James Loveridge, a drone photographer, said he saw two women sitting just below a large crack in the cliffwhich Mr Edmond said was likely to cause a second landslide very soon.

    A large chunk, beskryf as die grootste in 60 jare, of a 430ft sandstone cliff gave way on Monday night causing boulders the size of cars to plummet onto a beach near Seatown in Dorset

    A large chunk, beskryf as die grootste in 60 jare, of a 430ft sandstone cliff gave way on Monday night causing boulders the size of cars to plummet onto a beach near Seatown in Dorset

    Fossil hunters have been spotted clambering over large chunks of rubble to get a better look at the exposed rockface despite the danger still posed by the nearby cliff

    Fossil hunters have been spotted clambering over large chunks of rubble to get a better look at the exposed rockface despite the danger still posed by the nearby cliff

    Op die foto: Die strand voor die ineenstorting. Dit word vermoedelik deur natuurlike erosie veroorsaak, nie gehelp deur onlangse gemengde weer nie

    Op die foto: Die strand voor die ineenstorting. Dit word vermoedelik deur natuurlike erosie veroorsaak, nie gehelp deur onlangse gemengde weer nie

    Rangers spent much of yesterday assessing the damage and Dorset Council has urged people to stay away as crowds were seen inspecting the mountain of debris today.

    The slip exposed sandstone which has not been seen for centuries, acting as a beacon call for fossil lovers, despite the resulting rubble completely blocking the picturesque beach.

    Die 'reusagtige’ landslip hit almost 1,000ft of cliffside, with whole trees seen floating out to sea after recent mixed weather sped along the process of natural erosion.

    Mr Loveridge added: ‘I saw two ladies sat just below the big crack, two people walking across the landslip and three people on the other side of the beach who could only have got there by climbing over.

    ‘The fall was absolutely huge and you could even see trees floating in the sea which was unusual for sure. I flew the drone at about 400ft and am really pleased with how the pictures came out.

    Dorset Council also warned further falls are expected as a spokesman urged residents to stay clear of the area.

    'N Woordvoerder van die Dorset Council het gesê: 'Daar het 'n aansienlike rotsstorting tussen Seatown en Eype Beach gehad. Verdere beweging word verwag met vars krake, wat die heininglyn beïnvloed, maar nie die kuspad nie.

    'Ons sal die volgende paar weke monitor om te verseker dat enige verdere beweging nie toegang beïnvloed nie.

    ‘Nou droog die grond uit, daar is die moontlikheid van meer gly en val en dit kan baie vinnig gebeur. Hou u toppe en kranse van u krans af as u daar rond is.’

    Rangers het die skade deur die loop van die dag beoordeel en die Dorset-raad waarsku mense om weg te bly

    Rangers het die skade deur die loop van die dag beoordeel en die Dorset-raad waarsku mense om weg te bly

    The 'gigantic' landslip affecting almost 1,000ft of cliffside took place on Monday night, met hele bome gesien wat na die see dryf. Op die foto: The cliff on Wednesday morning

    Die 'reusagtige’ landslip affecting almost 1,000ft of cliffside took place on Monday night, met hele bome gesien wat na die see dryf. Op die foto: The cliff on Wednesday morning

    Onder diegene om die puin te sien, was die stapper Nicola Prakash, who came across it while on the beach yesterday morning

    Onder diegene om die puin te sien, was die stapper Nicola Prakash, who came across it while on the beach yesterday morning

    Richard Edmond, a local geology expert, warned more rocks were likely to soon 'come crashing down' as a crack had formed in the western side

    Richard Edmond, a local geology expert, warned more rocks were likely to soon ‘come crashing downas a crack had formed in the western side

    Dorset Council also warned further falls are expected as a spokesman urged residents to stay clear of the area

    Dorset Council also warned further falls are expected as a spokesman urged residents to stay clear of the area

    Jake Lanning, van West Bay Coastguard, yesterday said: 'Ons is vanoggend hiervan bewus en dit is 'n baie groot val.

    'Die landraad is daarvan bewus en ek weet dat hul veldwagters nie die skade beoordeel het nie. I believe it was caused by substantial cracks around the cliff, wat plaasgevind het as deel van natuurlike erosie.

    ‘Die onlangse warm dae en koue nagte het waarskynlik ook nie gehelp nie en ons verwag om dit in die komende weke redelik te sien.

    ‘In terme van hierdie een, hoogwater sal uiteindelik die rommel laat verdwyn, maar op die oomblik is die strand heeltemal afgesny. We weren’t called out to it, aangesien daar geen lewensgevaar is nie, maar ons het baie oproepe gekry oor rommel in die water.

    ‘Die val was so groot dat mense gedink het die rotse en bome is vaartuie en / of mense in moeilikheid.’

    Onder diegene om die puin te sien, was die stapper Nicola Prakash, who came across it while on the beach yesterday.

    Sy het gese: ‘Die hele strand is geblokkeer, dit is baie gelukkig dat dit oornag eerder as gedurende die dag gebeur het. It is a huge landslip, seker die grootste een wat ek in my 40 jare in Bridport.

    ‘Ek het gesels met 'n paar mense wat langs die strand woon, en een man wat al hier was 60 jare gesê dit is die grootste een wat hy nog ooit gesien het.

    'Deur die voorkoms van dinge kan daar heelwat meer wees, sodat mense moet wegbly van daardie area van die strand af.’