The aftermath of the recent cliff fall at West Bay Dorset
The latest cliff fall at West Bay was one of several to occur along the Jurassic Coast in 2021 and it's thought that as much as 500 tons of rock crashed down from the 120ft-high East Cliff where numerous episodes of ITV's hit crime drama Broadchurch were filmed and it was often a prominent feature of the show.
Rockfalls and landslips along the Jurassic coastline have become quite regular because of the fragile sandstone cliffs. Heavy rainfall makes the porous sandstone weaker and causes the 180 million year old cliffs to break away.
Cliff falls at West Bay are extremely unpredictable, falling rocks left a woman hospitalised last year when she was walking along the beach and another was killed in one in 2012.
The advice given is to stay away, nobody knows when the next fall will be!
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