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Second sinkhole opens along the Beach Boulevard, California

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A second sinkhole opened along the promenade of Beach Boulevard, Pacifica in California, US, local authorities reported on February 4, 2016.

The new void, located near the intersection of Paloma Avenue, is 7.6 m (25 feet) long, 0.9 m (3 feet) wide and 1.2 m (4 feet) deep, according to Lorie Tinfow, the City Manager.

"The good news is that the sea wall below the surface opening appears to remain intact," Tinfow said.

Video credit: ABC News

In January, the city already declared a local emergency after major storm-driven waves afflicted public and private properties, local media reports. The sea wall was weakened as it was battered by intense waves that triggered cliff erosion and caused the sinkholes to form across the affected areas.

Video credit: David Kent via YouTube

Extreme weather conditions also brought damage to Pacifica Pier and forced the evacuation of an apartment building at 310 Esplanade Avenue and two other homes in the vicinity.

Featured image: Cliff erosion fueled by massive storm-driven waves, January 26, 2016. Image credit: ABC News

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2 Comments

  1. That first photo with the apartment buildings at the edge of this cliff does not go with the description of it. That steep drop off is way deeper than the mentioned 1.2 meters deep. Also it is way longer than 25 feet, &.6meters. There must be a mistake in the reporting, because those measurements do not match up with that top photo. Whoever selected these words must have used the wrong photo to accompany that news. That cliff is scary looking. I hope everybody got out of those apartment buildings. No one should step foot in them. That looks permanently scary, and they most likely will fall into the ocean and not be there in a year from today. What a tragedy for the owners of those buildings. Is there such a thing as “cliff erosion insurance”? I doubt it. The Indians called America “Turtle Island”. Maybe it just “walked” eastward. Yours truly, Juliane Adams

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