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Bluff collapse in Encinitas shuts down section of San Elijo State Beach

Encinitas Bluff Collapse_03162023
Encinitas bluff collapse_03162023
Encinitas Bluff Collapse_03162023
Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-16 22:19:53-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) — A section of San Elijo State Beach in Encinitas has been shut down after a bluff collapsed beneath a campground Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 1:15 p.m. in the 2050 block of South Coast Highway 101. The Encinitas Fire Department says witnesses reported the collapse an hour later.

Officials say no one has been injured and they did not find anybody beneath the collapse, which is described as being 30 to 40 feet wide.

The north-day use parking was closed for cautionary purposes and visitors were being told not to use the staircase to the north beach area.

Crews with the Encinitas Fire Department worked to clear the scene. The area is being monitored by State Park's public safety staff until further notice.

"As a reminder to the public, rockslides, and cliff collapses occur without notice," California State Parks said in a released statement Thursday afternoon."

"As part of routine patrols, State Parks’ public safety staff will take reports on significant collapses that have occurred and notify visitors who are in the immediate area. State Parks encourages all visitors to be mindful of their surroundings when visiting and keep a safe distance from the bluffs."