White Cliffs of Dover Collapse

By Evie Purves

Thousands of tonnes of rubble have fallen over 300ft down into English Channel near Crab Bay after a huge section of the white cliffs collapsed.

Freezing conditions and winter weather have thought to have been the main cause of the devastating collapse, after the cliffs were gradually weakened, causing large cracks in the chalk.

A Dover coastguard has confirmed that a full survey will be carried out to discover exactly how much of the cliffs have crumbled away.

Following the extent of the “substantial rock fall”, a spokesman has said “no one was injured” and adds: “It appears that it crumbled from the top at high water so there was no-one down below at the time fall.”

A similar event occurred in January 2011 when several tonnes of rock broke away in St Margaret’s Bay between Dover and Deal.

The spokesman added: “it does serve as a reminder that if people are walking along the cliff-top or underneath, that the cliff can crumble away.”

The National Trust has put up warning signs to alert walkers.

 

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