Watch Erosion Changing Lucy Vincent Beach

From late 2012, after superstorm Sandy, to mid-January 2014, this video shows the collapsing cliff at Lucy Vincent beach in Chilmark.

The first three stills, silent in the clip, show the cliff at the end of 2012 and in March 2013, when a child is seen climbing high on the crumbling cliff.

The second part of the clip, with the windy soundtrack, shows how erosion had progressed by late October, 2013. You can see that the part of the cliff where the child had been climbing in March has collapsed.

The third part of the video, in which waves are the loudest sound, shows Lucy Vincent Beach on January 15, 2014. Even more of the cliff has collapsed, including an archway and former cave.

Visitors to the beach are advised that these cliffs are very unstable. It is not a good idea to stand next to the tall parts for very long, or to leave the clifftop path.

When Patch visited Wednesday morning, we could hear rocks and sand trickling down, and the warning signs cautioning people to keep back had been buried in the landslide since our last shoot in October.

(This video and article were created, edited and posted using an iPhone. Have you tried the updated Patch app? It's better than ever.)
Tot Balay January 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM
It looks like something from Planet of the Apes!
Louisa Hufstader January 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Up close, it seems alarmingly unstable and dangerous. What looks like solidity is really a porous conglomeration that is just collapsing into rubble. We moved away rapidly after realizing how close we were to one of the eroding towers. All the beach-level warning signs have been engulfed by the sliding cliff. It's scary.
Peter Hufstader January 17, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Glad you're telling folks to stay away. I wonder who won't.
Louisa Hufstader January 17, 2014 at 08:37 AM
There were footsteps 20 feet up one of the slides when we were there. Not smart.


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