A Pacifica, California, sinkhole opened 15 feet deep along a beach on private property on Sunday, before crews worked to fill the hole with sand and concrete Monday to keep it from getting any bigger.
The sinkhole blocked access to a popular beach trail after storms passed through the area on Saturday, the SF Gate, the San Francisco Chronicle's sister site, reported. Caution tape cordoned off the area and a sign told visitors that the entrance was closed.
Large waves known as king tides have come to the area recently and may have contributed to the erosion that led to the sinkhole, officials said, according to SF Gate. Similarly large waves caused erosion in March that led to the demolishing of apartments along the beach in Pacifica in addition to the current problems. The current king tides are set to peak on Tuesday or Wednesday, Mercury News reported.
ABC7 News reported that a chain link fence was being built to prevent anyone from getting hurt near the sinkhole, which is on private property belonging to Oceanaire Apartments. The normally spectacular view is now obstructed, and visitors are being warned to stay away from the path and the beach for a time.
“It’s just an ongoing thing,” said neighbor Rich Ghigliazza about the sinkhole, CBS News reported. “Every year more and more of the cliff goes.”
“It’s kind of the exciting thing about living here,” Ghigliazza went on. “Watching Mother Nature doing her thing every year.”
Oceanaire Apartments is paying the cost of filling the sinkhole, CBS reported. Its lease agreement requires it to maintain beach access and it could be fined for the time beach access isn’t maintained.
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