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Remaining residents in Pacifica building can stay for now

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The remaining residents of a partly evacuated apartment building atop a crumbling cliff in Pacifica are allowed to stay for now, the city's top building official said Friday morning.

Six of the 20 apartment units at 320 Esplanade Ave. were evacuated early Thursday morning after a 60-foot chunk of earth fell from the bluff into the ocean. The city is closely monitoring the building in case the rest of the residents need to evacuate, according to Doug Rider, Pacifica's chief building official.

Despite the rain, wind and choppy surf, “it's status quo this morning,” he said.

The building is adjacent to 330 Esplanade Ave., which was evacuated shortly before Christmas due to its precarious perch atop the eroding cliff.

Crews have been preparing to install a soil nail wall to help shore up the cliff wall, Rider said. Weather conditions in the upcoming days will determine when this stabilization work can begin.

“The operation will be done from a crane, so the wind and rain will affect it,” he said.

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