Landslide creates new cliff at UBC

Dec 19 2017, 4:34 pm

A massive landslide occurred at Pacific Spirit Park at UBC over the long weekend, leaving behind a sheer cliff about 180 metres to the shore.

According to UBC RCMP, the slide occurred on Trail 5 at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday. No injuries nor casualties have been reported based on a preliminary assessment.

Trail 5 was one of the trails that led down to the shores of Wreck Beach. However, it has been closed for years due to safety concerns over erosion.

The area has been barricaded to prevent people from accessing the area. It remains an active slide zone where cliffs caused by weathering and erosion are commonplace.

In the past, UBC and the Greater Vancouver Regional District have laid pebbles on the beach and built rock walls to prevent further erosion of the cliffs. UBC has a history with problematic erosion, which was particularly evident in 1935 when heavy rains and melting snowfall created a rushing stream of water that made a large ravine. The water eroded the ravine as fast as 3 metres per hour, taking with it 100,000 cubic yards and university buildings.

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