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.

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Ocean erosion was so powerful on Nags Head beach that it created an amazing 10-foot cliff out of nowhere. via Facebook

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.

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Mysterious cliff appears out of nowhere on North Carolina beach. via Facebook

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.

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Officials closed the Nags Head beach on Tuesday after a 10-foot cliff came “out of nowhere.” Experts speculate the cliff formed as a result of king tides. Outer Banks photographer Wes Snyder captured the new cliff on video.

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.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. More storms, more waves, and of course, more erosion. Last 5 years or so, in Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, south side of beach disappeared because of erosion. They have given up the south beach, and created a new beach on North side of the park.

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