These two photos George Meyer took on Thursday, January 21st, of a rockfall from the seacliff on the south base of the next headland north of Devil’s Punchbowl. It can be best accessed from the trail just north of the west end of 3rd Street in Otter Rock.
George points out that one photo shows the setting of the rockfall between two faults in the seacliff and the other illustrates the scale of the rockfall and the size of the blocks, using his wife, Sheila Meyer, for scale. George says he was told that the rockfall had occurred on January 15th or 16th.
George says “I would imagine, as a geologist, that this event occurred in association with high tide, major storm waves, and/or heavy rainfall.”
George and his wife shows how dangerous it can be if you spot water pouring out from seepages in a cliff face. The rainfall acts like a lubricant in the rock fissures that eventually give way and unleash unimaginable power as gravity pulls the boulders – make that “mini-mountains”- toward the sea. This has been a fairly wet winter and walking along the beach the beachcombers should give the cliffs all the room the boulders need should gravity kick in and the hillside comes down.
George Meyer (541) 765-7670 firstname.lastname@example.org.