Huge chunk of cliff collapse on to the beach in the Canary Islands
- On Saturday the reef of the island of La Gomera fell into the sea
- A major emergency has been declared out of fear that campers will be trapped.
- Families had a drink at a seaside bar when the piece of cliff gave way
This is the terrible moment in which the spectators screamed in horror when a huge cliff fell on a beach and into the sea a few steps from the Canarian caravans.
A major emergency has been declared on La Gomera amid fears that campers could be trapped under debris that fell onto the beach, creating a huge cloud of smoke visible from afar.
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The dramatic incident occurred on Saturday afternoon on Argaga beach in the popular resort town of Valle Gran Rey and was seen by families enjoying drinks at a seaside bar.
The footage captures the moment when the massive chunk of cliff toppled, catapulting massive boulders into a line of caravans parked on the beach, and produced a loud roar.
Several people recorded personal videos of the beach bar and the nearby harbor, and the audience can be heard gasping in horror.
Tons of cliffs tumble towards the parked caravans, nearly swallowing them.
There have been reports of some hikers in the area with warning signs of a possible collapse.
Rescue services are on site and dogs are used to find anyone who may be trapped.
The beach has been closed because there are huge cracks in the cliffs and experts fear more will fall. Reports suggest that several vehicles were buried, but there are currently no reports of missing persons.
The emergency operation will continue through the night and residents are urged to consider all family members.
The president of the government of the island of La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo, said he was “optimistic” that there would be no casualties, as small landslides had occurred in the area moments before. the collapse that caused the displacement of people who did. they were there.
Helicopters were brought in and five caravans evacuated because they were stranded.
Firefighters, Red Cross, civil protection volunteers, police, civil guard and the mountain rescue service were brought.
Other rescuers from neighboring islands, including Tenerife, were sent to La Gomera with earthmoving teams.