Shocking photo reveals huge crack in Birling Gap after winter storms and eroision

Shocking photo reveals huge crack in Birling Gap after winter storms and eroision

Shocking photo reveals huge crack in Birling Gap after winter storms and eroision

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A huge crack opened up at the top of cliffs in East Sussex.

Walkers have been warned |to keep away from the |cliff edge and the base at Birling Gap, near |Eastbourne.

The National Trust, which is responsible for this stretch of picturesque coastline, said the chalk cliffs have suffered around seven years of erosion in just two months.


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Jane Cecil, National Trust general manager for the South Downs, said: “We do get these cracks at Birling Gap from time to time.

“But with the weather we have had lately, the chalk has become so wet and heavy, we are likely to see more emerging.

“We have had really high winds, combined with high tides, and that seems to have pulled a lot of the shingle off the beach.

“That has resulted in waves being able to get right to the base of the cliff, and all the rain has absorbed into the chalk and caused it to become heavy.”

She added: “It's a combination of losing protection at the base of the cliff and the weight of the chalk due to the heavy rain that has resulted in these cracks.”

The beach at Birling Gap |has been shut since new |year after steps leading down to it were damaged in the storms.

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9:15am Sat 1 Mar 14

Tallywhacker says...

News from two days ago.
News from two days ago. Tallywhacker
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12:26pm Sat 1 Mar 14

worthingite says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
News from two days ago.
Yep, soon to be a weekly at this rate, soooooooo slow!
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: News from two days ago.[/p][/quote]Yep, soon to be a weekly at this rate, soooooooo slow! worthingite
  • Score: 2

2:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

davedebrax says...

Eroision?
Eroision? davedebrax
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Sat 1 Mar 14

rolivan says...

All is needed now area couple of severe Frosts and that will really split them open
All is needed now area couple of severe Frosts and that will really split them open rolivan
  • Score: 4

11:36pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Write out 100 times; erosion.
Write out 100 times; erosion. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 4

1:09am Sun 2 Mar 14

Dave At Home says...

A combination of the NT and the local authority not ploughing money back into the area to preserve it for future generations instead of feeding the fat cats has lead to the area being closed to the very people who keep the NT going.
A combination of the NT and the local authority not ploughing money back into the area to preserve it for future generations instead of feeding the fat cats has lead to the area being closed to the very people who keep the NT going. Dave At Home
  • Score: 2

8:30am Sun 2 Mar 14

hammerfan says...

You cannot argue with nature! In fairness what the sea takes from one place it deposits somewhere else.
The beach at Kemp Town is now HIGHER following the storms!
You cannot argue with nature! In fairness what the sea takes from one place it deposits somewhere else. The beach at Kemp Town is now HIGHER following the storms! hammerfan
  • Score: 4

10:46am Sun 2 Mar 14

brighton bluenose says...

Surely its the crack that is shocking not the photo?!!
Surely its the crack that is shocking not the photo?!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

I bet Jimmy can't ride his scooter along there anymore
I bet Jimmy can't ride his scooter along there anymore Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

At what size does a crack technically turn into a gap?
At what size does a crack technically turn into a gap? Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 2

7:47am Mon 3 Mar 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Eroision? Come on, you're getting paid for this!
Eroision? Come on, you're getting paid for this! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Mon 3 Mar 14

ThinkBrighton says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Surely its the crack that is shocking not the photo?!!
Neither, it's good old mother nature working.
The word shocking is used by the argus to add a bit of sensation to the story
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Surely its the crack that is shocking not the photo?!![/p][/quote]Neither, it's good old mother nature working. The word shocking is used by the argus to add a bit of sensation to the story ThinkBrighton
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