Albufeira coastline hit by second rock fall

A rock fall occurred in the early hours of Friday morning at Santa Eulália beach in Albufeira, next to Maria Luísa beach where five people were killed by a similar incident in August.

A spokesman from Albufeira maritime police told Lusa news agency that this new rock fall, which is believed to have occurred between 2am and 6am, did not claimed any victims.

A spokesman from the Administração da Região Hidrgráfica (ARH), the authority responsible for monitoring the Algarve’s coastline, told the Algarve Resident that technicians have been at the beach today to gather information into what caused the rock fall.

Meanwhile, last month the ARH published a report in which it was stated that they were not able to determine the direct causes of the rock fall at Maria Luísa beach, which killed five people on August 21.

According to the report, what happened was a rare accident and there were no warning signs that a collapse could occur.

The report suggests that the earthquake of 4.2 on the Richter scale, which happened three days earlier, could have contributed to the collapse.

The type of rock that exists along the majority of Algarve’s coastline is sandy and porous, meaning it is less compact and, therefore, more fragile.

Despite the official bathing season having finished on September 30, the warm weather means that many residents and visitors still visit the beaches across the Algarve at this time of year, when rock falls are most common.