Biggest rockfall in 60 years sees 4,000-ton chunk of 430ft high cliff collapse

The Jurassic Coast’s biggest rockfall in 60 years: 4,000-ton chunk falls off 430ft high cliff sending boulders the size of cars plummeting towards picturesque beach

4,000-ton 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 near Seatown, DorsetLandslip affecting almost 1,000ft of cliffside took place overnight, with whole trees seen floating out to sea

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An enormous 4,000-ton rockfall from a 430ft cliff has completely blocked off a beach along a stretch of Britain’s historic Jurassic Coast.

A huge chunk, described as the biggest in 60 years, gave way from the sandstone cliff causing boulders the size of cars to plummet near Seatown in Dorset.

Rangers have been assessing the damage throughout the day and Dorset Council is warning people to stay away.

The ‘gigantic’ landslip affecting almost 1,000ft of cliffside took place overnight, with whole trees seen floating out to sea.

It is believed to have been caused by natural erosion, not helped by recent mixed weather.

A huge chunk from the sandstone cliff gave way causing boulders the size of cars to plummet near Seatown in Dorset

Pictured: The beach before the collapse. It is believed to have been caused by natural erosion, not helped by recent mixed weather

Pictured: The beach before the collapse. It is believed to have been caused by natural erosion, not helped by recent mixed weather

Rangers have been assessing the damage throughout the day and Dorset Council is warning people to stay away

Rangers have been assessing the damage throughout the day and Dorset Council is warning people to stay away

Jake Lanning, from West Bay Coastguard, said: ‘We have been aware of this since this morning and it is a very very substantial fall.

‘The county council are aware of it and I know their rangers have been out assessing the damage.

‘I believe it was caused by substantial cracks around the cliff, which have occurred as part of natural erosion.

‘The recent warm days and cold nights probably haven’t helped either and we’re expecting to see a fair bit of this in the coming weeks.

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