Researchers tracking crumbling Del Mar bluffs

Posted at 7:24 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 22:27:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Concerns continue to grow after the Del Mar coastline collapses three times in a matter of weeks.

Large parts of the cliffs, between 8th and 11th streets, have come tumbling down to the shore. “Parts of the cliffs are still unstable but it’s difficult to tell when exactly that failure, or additional failures, may occur,” says Adam Young.

Young is a Project Scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He says the timing of the collapses is unusual.

“We see this activity in the winter time when we have a lot of rain. you can get a lot of land sliding but to have something in the summer time is quite unusual.”

Scripps is continuing to monitor the coastline. In a statement from Del Mar City Councilman Terry Sinnott it says in part:

“First, we working with SANDAG on a project called Del Mar Bluff #4 that will be built in early 2019 that will improve the drainage coming off the developed properties to the East. Second, there is a long-term solution which is to move the train tracks off the bluffs."

Young also advises beach goers to be aware of their surroundings near the cliffs and to adhere to signs that say do not enter.

Following a recent bluff collapse, the Del Mar bluffs have been three dimensionally mapped. Watch the video in the player below: