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Saturday November 14, on a beach on the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), a German tourist films what he thinks is a simple landslide. A few rocks tumble down, followed by a whole section of the cliff. Below, several motorhomes are buried under a thick cloud of dust. The tourists, fearing a tsunami effect, fled.
No injuries are to be deplored. Luckily, the vehicles were empty. The whole area was immediately evacuated. The cliffs remain very unstable. “By relying on observation systems deployed on the site, we have reached the maximum alert level, and therefore, new landslides should occur.“, Explain Casimiro Curbelo, President of the Island Council of La Gomera. Drones and helicopters flew over the scree, with the ground reinforcement of a dog squad. The state of emergency declared on the weekend on the island was lifted, 24 hours after the incident. Consolidation work must be carried out on these cliffs.