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A large chunk of land at a California coastal trail slipped into the ocean on Saturday. Drone footage taken at Centerville Beach near Ferndale in Humboldt County captured part of the landslide, showing onlookers running from the cliff edge as the ground fell away.

Landslides at the Fleener Creek Trailhead have been "ongoing" since January, according the Bureau of Land Management. The trail was first closed on Jan. 18, as significant winter storms hit the state.

This weekend, a large portion of the clifftop, including part of the trailhead parking lot, slid into the sea, local news outlet Redheaded Blackbelt first reported. Father and son drone-operating team Double B UAV shared before-and-after photos of the event on social media, alongside some dramatic video.

The video shared on YouTube shows two onlookers in the parking lot hastily retreating to safety as more of the cliff face crumbled — it happens at around 25 seconds into the video below:


"Fleener Creek parking lot gave away to mother nature last night and a good portion of it is now in the ocean. It is unsafe to use the parking lot at this time or to even walk in it," Humboldt County 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn said on Facebook on Saturday afternoon. "This is not an invitation to go look. It is a dangerous situation."

Bohn said that the area is closed to the public and will be patrolled by sheriff's deputies and Ferndale police.

The landslide happened just weeks after a similar incident in Southern California. During the massive winter storm that hit in early February, a clifftop in Dana Point gave way, leaving two multimillion dollar mansions teetering over the edge of the Pacific.

Another big storm is expected to hit parts of California later this week.

Source: SFGATE