A part of a cliff on Aran Island Inishmore has fallen into the Atlantic, says the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI).

The incident occurred on the northern side of the island, close to Bun Gabhla. It is believed to have collapsed as a result of the cumulative impact of the ocean’s waves on the base of the cliff over time and the pressure of the overhanging rock, reports RTE.

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About 60 meters along the top of the cliff has subsided.

Photographs of the scene reveal a fault line extending from the base to the summit of the cliff in places, with sections of it peeling away from the island.

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The GSI keeps a record of such incidents but is unlikely to do any further investigation into the collapse, as the cliff is in a remote location and there is no pedestrian access to the cliff top area.

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