Encinitas Beach Cliff Collapse That Killed 3 Is Part of Larger California Coast Crisis

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Authorities responded to a cliff collapse in Encinitas on Aug. 2, 2019. (Credit: KSWB)

Authorities responded to a cliff collapse in Encinitas on Aug. 2, 2019. (Credit: KSWB)

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The cliff collapse in Encinitas that killed three people Friday underscores the dangers of erosion on bluffs along the California coast.

Cliff erosion has long been a danger in San Diego County and other areas.

In February, a landslide at Ft. Funston in San Francisco buried two women and a dog beneath the sand when the cliff where they were walking above the beach collapsed. Bystanders quickly pulled out one woman and her dog, and the woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Another woman’s body was found in May.

In 2017, a woman taking in the view on a cliff in Santa Cruz County fell to her death when the ground gave way beneath her. The woman was standing about a foot away from the edge and peering over the side when the cliff — battered by winter storms — collapsed.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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