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Beach bashing: Last year’s El Niño resulted in unprecedented erosion of Pacific coastline

Last winter’s El Niño was in fact one of the most powerful climate events of the past 145 years. If such severe El Niño events become more common in the future as some studies suggest they might, the California coast — home to more than 25 million people — may become increasingly vulnerable to coastal hazards. And that’s independent of projected sea level rise.

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Severe West Coast Erosion During 2015-16 El Niño

In a study released today, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and their colleagues document how the 2015-16 winter featured one of the most powerful El Niño climate events of the last 145 years. Investigating 29 beaches along the U.S West Coast from Washington to southern California, researchers found that winter beach erosion was 76 percent above normal, by far the highest ever recorded, and most beaches in California eroded beyond historical extremes.

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Mass evacuation below Oroville Dam as officials frantically try to make repairs before new storms

Dam, Erosion, News
Feb
13

More than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the Northern California dam’s emergency spillway.

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“This is mother nature kind of kicking us”: Water released over spillway at Calif. dam

Dam, Erosion, News
Feb
12

Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam’s main spillway.

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Floods and erosion are ruining Britain’s most significant sites

Climate change is already wrecking some of Britain’s most significant sites, from Wordsworth’s gardens in Cumbria to the white cliffs on England’s south coast, according to a new report.

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Are we loving our beaches to death? Survey says ‘yes’

A new survey has found almost two-thirds of New Zealanders believed beach erosion was worse than it was 20 years ago, and most were worried that some beaches might vanish forever. In many cases, New Zealand’s beaches were paying the price for overwhelming public popularity.

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Isla Vista Apartment Owner ordered to demolish 4 Units After Cliff Collapse, CA

isla vista coastal erosion
Erosion, News
Jan
27

Del Playa coastal bluffs, is one of the most densely-populated area in Isla Vista, the legacy of an era when setbacks were sacrificed for maximum build-out. In recent decades, at least 30 buildings on Del Playa have been cut back because of cliff erosion.

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See Jersey Shore beach erosion damage from nor’easter

Erosion, News
Jan
24

Officials in Jersey Shore towns up and down the coast woke up to a familiar sight early Tuesday after a nasty nor’easter churned up the coast: eroded beaches.

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Shifting sands: Santa Cruz, scientists, Boardwalk fighting battle against erosion

Millions of people come to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk each year to body surf, enjoy the rides or simply soak up the California sun. But few of them notice the dramatic, relentless changes in the city’s coastline that are wreaking havoc on the beloved amusement park.

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