Beach front in Candelaria sinks: Tidal surge or sinkhole?



A portion of the shoreline in Candelaria, Zambales, a popular tourist destination, collapsed Saturday afternoon, causing the sea to move inland, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said.

MGB Director Leo Jasareno said Sunday his office is investigating the cause of the collapse of the shoreline, which slumped at a depth of two meters.

“This may be a natural phenomenon. There may have been soil erosion because of the strength of the tidal waves or there may be a sinkhole,” Jasareno said, citing initial results of the investigation.

Based on reports, about 80-100 meters of the beach area of Puerto del Mar in Candelaria sank by about two meters and the sea moved landward by about 10 meters.

“The shoreline collapsed started as small then becoming elongate trending north. It started from a central point progressing northwards and southwards approximate length of 80-100 meters,” Jasareno said in a text message.

“The shoreline collapse coincided with low tide,” he added.

Jasareno said the sea turned brown and emitted fine gas bubbles with a sulfurous odor.

There were no fatalities reported as a result of the phenomenon, but Jasareno said that the army is securing the area.

Authorities have also banned swimming and other activities on the beach.

Jasareno said an eight-man team of MGB geologists was expected to arrive in Candelaria Sunday to determine the exact cause of the slump.

“We will also be determining if the same phenomenon is occurring in nearby areas,” he said, adding that the team was given three days to come up with results.



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  1. The pace of the 7 of 10 changes are quickening. Let’s hope the announcement of the presence of Nibiru in our solar system by Obama and other world leaders will come soon!

  2. This is the time when the tongue that holds Indonesia and the Philippines will subduct under the curve of the Indo-Australian plate.. The Philippines will find themselves pulled down also. The southern coast of China has been warned, to anticipate a rising sea when the tongue is pushed down. The crack point, the point where breakage of the tongue is occurring, is in a line across the tongue well above the Philippines. Thus when Sumatra and Java and the Malay peninsula find their streets flooding, losing sea level, the Philippines will find their problems in this regard not far behind! This is a situation of tehctonic plate movement. Russia China and the US will be making an explaination in August re: this global coastal event and its implications. w/c (