Dorset beach cordoned off after "large" cliff fall

A view of the beach and cliffs at Durdle Door on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.  The half term school holiday and news of a recent significant find of the jaw bones of a pliosaur brought hunters out in their droves. The local coast is classified as a World Heritage Site and is famous for its abundance of fossils. It covers 95 miles of coastline in East Devon and Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. World Heritage status was achieved because of the site's unique insight into the earth sciences as it clearly depicts a geological ?walk through time' spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Rain causes landslides allowing the cliff face to reveal the treasures beneath.

Walkers in Dorset have been warned to stay away from cliffs after a "large" cliff fall at East Cliff Beach, West Bay on Saturday.

Portland Coastguard said the landslip happened at around 2.30pm and the fire service and police were at the scene urging people to stay away.

BBC reports that a coastguard helicopter was sent "to determine the state of the remaining cliffs".

The beach was closed off after 400 tonnes of rock crashed onto the tourist beach.

Bridport News reports that no-one has been reported missing or injured in the landslide.

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