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Cape Kidnappers landslide update - 13 February

cliff face

Investigations into the landslide at Cape Kidnappers are continuing this week, taking into account a third slip that occurred at the same site on February 7.

This slip from the top of the hill followed the initial landslide on January 23, and then another large slip on Saturday, February 2.

The ongoing instability of the area means access to Cape Kidnappers via the beach from Clifton, which was closed by the Hastings District Council after the first slip, remains closed at this point in time.

Altogether a large amount of material has collapsed onto the beach, estimated to be in excess of 30,000 cubic metres.

A review of the survey data indicates that the second slip saw up to nine metres in depth lost from the cliff face, and the third more recent slip saw the top of the cliff move back by around seven metres.

The area remains unstable and prone to further movement and rockfalls.

A geologist engaged to assess the area continues to gather information with urgency to report back to the council, and the area is continuing to be monitored in light of the high seas battering the region’s coastline.

Public safety is a priority, and people are instructed to continue to heed the signs that have been placed at the beach and stay away from the area until further notice.  

13 February 2019

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