Cliff erodes beneath California homes

PACIFICA, Calif. (CNN/NBC) — Residents in one apartment complex along the California coastline have been ordered to evacuate due to fears the structure will fall into the Pacific Ocean.

The Esplanade Apartments in Pacifica, California are located near cliffs that are crumbling, in part, due to the current El Niño winter.

Drone video posted to YouTube shows just how dangerous the situation has become. Police posted yellow tags on residents’ doors warning residents to leave.

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Parts of Pacifica’s coastline have crumbled over the years, threatening homes and businesses. Three apartment buildings have been declared uninhabitable as of Monday.

Significant storm damage in the city over the last several weeks led the city manager to declare a local State of Emergency. The Pacifica City Council approved the emergency declaration after storms caused by El Niño battered the city’s coastline, leaving behind a sinkhole, a damaged sea wall, and a trail of destruction.

Pacifica’s police chief says officials have reached a point where no one can live inside the threatened apartments. But some residents say they have no plans to leave despite the order and previous evacuations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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