Weymouth Jurassic Coast cliff crack leads to slippage

Cliff in March 2017
Image caption The land has slipped considerably since the initial crack appeared

A giant crack that first appeared on a cliff top on Dorset's Jurassic Coast a year ago has developed into a significant landslip.

The fissure on the South West Coast path between Bowleaze Cove and Redcliff Point first appeared last March.

The initial drop in the cracked section was just over 1m (3ft) but the land has since fallen away further.

Dorset County Council said the landslide was likely to continue for some time.

Image caption The large crack opened up in the cliff between Bowleaze Cove and Redcliff Point in spring 2016

"Looking along this 300ft-long crack which last year had a six foot drop, now the drop must be at least 25 or 30 ft," BBC reporter at the scene Laurence Herdman said.

Sam Scriven, the county council's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site earth science manager, said: "This landslide has progressed quite a lot since it began and the slipped material is now collapsing further.

"This is exactly what we would expect and it will continue for some time to come.

"As always, we would encourage people to not stand near the cliff edge, where the rocks might still be unstable, and take care when exploring the beach below as rock falls will be more common as a result of the slip."

The original drop in the cracked section was just over 1m (3ft), the coastguard said at the time.

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Media captionWarnings were issued when the crack first appeared in 2016

Jurassic Coast safety:

  • Always stay away from the top and bottom of the cliffs - landslides and rock falls can happen at anytime
  • Do not climb or walk over landslide or rock fall debris
  • Never ignore a warning sign - they are there for your safety
  • Check tide times before you set off on a beach walk or when fossil hunting to avoid being cut off

Source: Dorset County Council/Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

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