Cordoned Off Section of Sunset Cliffs Collapses

by on February 25, 2016 · 3 comments

in Environment, History, Ocean Beach

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Photo by Mary Tolena

Around 5pm Wednesday, Feb. 24th, a section of Sunset Cliffs collapsed. No one was hurt – as the collapse had been anticipated and an area had been cordoned off.

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Photo by Mary Tolena

The falling dirt came at 1303 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials, near the first parking lot south of Adair Street.

Sunset Cliffs collapse 2-24-16 aerialThe yellow tape had been up for weeks, as a geologist had visited the site a month ago to evaluate it.  SDSD geology professor Pat Abbott had recommended to city officials that they cordon the area off as it appeared to be drastically unstable.

Abbott had told the media that a large crack that had formed in the rock was due to gravity, the cliff’s steepness, tides, and that El Nino rains was the final element that caused the flash erosion.

Here is our report from January 19, 2016.


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PL Local February 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

The Cliff collapse at 5pm Wed. was at the closed off section at The old Spaulding house, and fell onto Garbage beach. The Cliff collapse at 1st lot happened Tues/Wed.


PL Local February 25, 2016 at 11:45 am



1st Lot




Frank Gormlie February 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

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