Battered by El Niño, Pacifica is in unfortunate shape. "It's a series of issues, none of which is truly catastrophic, but when you take them together, they are clearly outpacing what the city can do to respond, which is why I declared a state of emergency," Pacifica city manager Lorie Tinfow said this weekend.
First the pier was in jeopardy due to a massive sinkhole. Now its cliffside houses are in danger.
“Recent bluff failures have resulted in unsafe conditions for living space at 310 Esplanade Avenue,” said Mike Cully in a city announcement according to the New York Times. “Cavities in the bluff are forming to the south, west and north of the building and these critically over-steepened slopes are anticipated to fall back to more stable profiles in the next several days.”
KRON4 has assembled, via Google Earth, a time lapse of the erosion starting in 2002. You know, for historical perspective? This is scary.