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Sea-cliff erosion at Pacifica, California caused by 1997/98 El Nino storms

January 1, 2000

Twelve homes were constructed in 1949 at the top of a sea cliff along Esplanade Drive in the City of Pacifica, located on the northern coast of San Mateo County, California. During the heavy storms of the 1997/98 El Nino winter, a severe episode of cliff retreat undermined seven homes and threatened three others. The geologic, tide, wave, rainfall and wind data were analyzed to determine the causes of this erosion events.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2000
Title Sea-cliff erosion at Pacifica, California caused by 1997/98 El Nino storms
Authors Charles B. Snell, K. R. Lajoie, Edward W. Medley
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70022540
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse