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Sheep trapped after Jurassic Coast cliff collapse in largest rockfall in 60 years | UK | New UK News

Yesterday a 300-meter section of a cliff on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast collapsed, leaving several sheep stranded. The rockfall saw 4,000 tonnes of debris fall onto a beach below and into the sea. The rockfall was the UK’s largest in 60 years.

Some reports say the debris left in large pieces, the size of cars, and entire trees were pulled out of the earth and plunged into the sea. More of the cliff face is expected to collapse, so Dorset Council has urged people to stay away from the area and have cordoned off parts of the coastal path.

A council spokesperson said: “Further movement is expected with new cracks affecting the fence line but not the coastal path. We will be monitoring over the next few weeks to ensure that any further movement does not affect access.

“Now that the ground is drying out, there is the possibility of more slips and falls and it can happen very quickly. For your safety, stay clear of cliff tops and bases when traveling. “

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There have been numerous meltdowns across the country over the past few months. There was a large rockfall in Eype in November and part of the White Cliffs of Dover collapsed into the sea in February.

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site stretching from East Devon to Dorset, a distance of approximately 96 miles.

The coastline covers 185 million years of geological history – spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The fossilized remains of the various creatures that lived here have been preserved in the rocks.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-15 17:41:35