Bluff collapse reported at Torrey Pines State Beach

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SAN DIEGO -- Beachgoers were urged Saturday to stay away from part of Torrey Pines State Beach after a bluff collapse, state parks officials warned.

The collapse happened around 9 a.m. Saturday. Barricades surrounding large rocks that had fallen to the beach were shown in a photo posted on the California State Parks Facebook page just before noon.

"Do not attempt to walk around by going over barricades. Large rocks could still be falling and are potentially dangerous," the message said. "Always walk 25 feet to 40 feet away from all bluffs as they are unstable and dangerous."

The bluff collapsed south of Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Beach.

“Bluffs coming down at Torrey Pines is an extremely common occurrence," Ranger Dylan Hardenbrook told FOX 5. “You just never know when something is going to come down. You can look at the bluffs to your heart’s content. You’ll see some spots where there are cracks, and those are probably more likely to come down. But there are other places on the bluff that can just come down with no obvious reason.”

Suzy Johnson was one of many who visited the beach on Saturday and said she is making more of an effort these days to put distance between herself and the dangerous bluffs when she relaxes on the sand. “We’re not as close as we usually are because we heard about the collapse (in Encinitas)," Johnson told FOX 5. "You just have to be careful, be more mindful of it.”

Saturday's collapse happened almost a month since three people were killed at Grandview Surf Beach in Encinitas when a bluff collapsed.

Rangers urged beachgoers to be aware when walking near the bluffs and to avoid high tide periods so that they have plenty of sand on which to walk.

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