A large crack in a cliff face above a coastal village in Aberdeenshire is being investigated by engineers, while residents are on standby to evacuate, it has been reported.
Aberdeenshire Council is concerned about a possible landslide risk following heavy rain and has been monitoring the 25 metre crack at Pennan. Villagers were warned that if the situation worsened they may be asked to evacuate and have been advised to prepare an overnight bag.
Grampian Police said the only road into the village on the Moray coast has been closed. The village, which featured in the film Local Hero, was hit by a major mudslide in 2007, causing residents to evacuate and damage to some homes.
A council spokesman said: “We are currently monitoring a section of the cliff face at Pennan where we believe there is potential for a landslide to block the only access road to the village.
“We must stress that our main concern here is about access to the village,” he said. “This situation is not related to the previous landslides at Pennan and we do not believe any homes are at risk.”