Dramatic moment tons of mud and rock fell to the beach of North Wales in 40 meters wide landslide – while luxury homes moved closer to the cliff’s edge after moving further overnight
- The gardens that currently buffer the £ 400,000 properties in Nefyn near Pwhelli are still being demolished
- A 40-meter-wide landslide yesterday created a silt of mud and rock that flowed from the cliff to the beach
- And the gardens buffering the £ 400,000 properties were further demolished last night
This is the terrifying moment when a sandpiper is forced to run from a silt of rock and mud plunging off a cliff in North Wales.
Yesterday’s massive landslide in Gwynedd Nefyn near Pwhelli has caused luxury homes to slide dangerously close to the sea.
And the gardens that buffer the £ 400,000 properties were still torn down last night – in one case, they were just yards from the outside patio.
The landslide nearly engulfed Amanda Stubbs, who took a break from work when the debris spilled over the rock face.
Mrs. Stubbs was filming the first rumbling in the cliff face when suddenly the cliff cratered and burst onto the beach.
‘I never expected my lunch walk along the beach to be so eventful,’ she later said when she shared the dramatic video on social media.
Yesterday’s massive landslide in Gwynedd Nefyn near Pwhelli has caused luxury homes to slide dangerously close to the sea
The gardens buffering the £ 400,000 properties were still demolished last night – in one instance they were just yards away from the outside patio
Aerial photos show the change in just a few hours that has now staggered the once enviable sea view properties on the brink (left, yesterday and right, today)
Locals were relieved that no one was killed, and police have urged people to avoid the area while the site is secured.
Gwynedd’s council said: “Arrangements have been made for an initial inspection of the cliff. In the meantime, we encourage members of the public to keep their distance and stay away from the fall area.
Local MP Liz Saville Roberts said: “Really shocking to see the magnitude of the landslide under Rhodfa’r Môr, Nefyn. I have spoken with City Councilor, Gruffydd Williams, and Cyngor Gwynedd (City Council) officers to ensure that a specialist assessment will be made regarding the condition of the cliffs and to advise local residents on how best to can stay safe. ‘
The landslide was an estimated 100 feet wide and spanned two backyards, some of which crumbled onto the beach – including wooden chairs.
Last night the houses got even closer to the cliff as more rock movements ate further into the gardens.
Aerial photos show the change in just a few hours that has staggered the once enviable sea-view properties on the edge.
The landslide was an estimated 40 meters wide and stretched over two backyards, some of which crumbled on the beach – including wooden chairs
The small village of Nefyn has a long, sandy bay, sheltered by the Nefyn Headland and supported by steep slopes
Hairdresser Christian Pilling had also gone to the beach yesterday and said, “We had just gone for a walk and turned around and were scared of our lives.
‘I don’t think there was anyone on the beach. We had gone down there about half an hour after it happened. It’s over 40 feet wide, but it’s hard to tell – it’s that big. ‘
Local Steve Wilding-Hewitt told me WalesOnline: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. Police have cordoned off a large area to keep people away.
“We saw the coast guard yelling at someone in their yard to stay informed from the edge, because they were still moving.
‘There are some gardens that have been affected. You can see a bench that fell into the mud below at the end of one of the gardens.
‘There have been some rocky cliffs around this coastline for several months, but never anything like it. It’s scary. ‘
The small village of Nefyn has a long, sandy bay, sheltered by the Nefyn Headland and backed by steep slopes.
Nefyn Beach itself is known as a hidden gem, known for its clear blue waters and beautiful bay views, and the three distant peaks of The Rival Mountains (Yr Eifl) to the east.
In 2001, Shirley Race, 58, was killed and her husband Donald, 63, was seriously injured in Nefyn when a landslide swept their car over the cliff and into the sea.