I’ve never seen the erosion to that degree! Unbelievable! One of North Carolina’s popular Outer Banks beaches abruptly closed Tuesday, not for deadly rip currents or sharks, but for a 10-foot cliff that seemed to come out of nowhere. Experts speculate the cliff formed as a result of KING TIDES.
The town of Nags Head, North Carolina, said it was closing Gray Eagle Beach Access until the newly formed escarpment could be “leveled out.” The town did not say when the beach would reopen. Now, the biggest concern is the instability of the escarpment.
“I’ve never seen the erosion to that degree! Unbelievable,” posted Joe from McMurray, Pennsylvania.
TV station WAVY reported the escarpment has actually become a tourist attraction in the past two days, including many who say they can’t believe what they’re seeing.
“We were like: ‘Ok this can not be true, that’s crazy.’ So we decided hey let’s go on our lunch break…and see something like this,” said Outer Banks resident Martha Keener told WAVY.
The escarpment is believed to have been created by a phenomenon known as “perigean spring tides,” also called “king tides,” which happen “when the moon is either new or full and is closest to the earth,” according to NOAA.
During such periods, extreme tides are created: Higher than normal high tides, and lower than normal low tides, according to NOAA. Coastal North Carolina experienced “king tides” July 12-16 and will again Aug. 9-12, experts predict.
A blood moon (full moon eclipse) will occur on July 27, 2018. This may be a cause behind this extreme tidal phenomenon.