The Crumbling Cliff's of Dover
14 March 2012
A huge section of the famous white cliffs of Dover has collapsed into the sea following a rockfall, according to the coastguard.
Tonnes of chalk crashed into the English Channel near an area known as Crab Bay, between Langdon Cliffs and South Foreland Lighthouse.
It is thought rain and freezing conditions over winter may have weakened the cliffs, which caused cracks in the chalk.
Dover Coastguard confirmed a full survey will be carried out to determine the amount and length of cliff that crumbled on Friday.
A spokesman confirmed that no one was injured in the “substantial” rockfall.
He added: “We can see the start of it from where we are based but then it goes round the corner.
“It appears that it crumbled from the top at high water so there was no-one down below at the time. It was quite a substantial fall.
“No-one was injured but it does serve as a reminder that if people are walking along the cliff-top or underneath, that the cliff can crumble away.
“Over the years and around the country, including along the coast at Beachy Head in East Sussex, cliffs can fall after water expands when there has been freezing conditions.”
The National Trust has also put up signs to warn hill walkers of the dangers.