At least two killed in Tenerife landslide

A landslide has killed at least two people and may have buried another two on the popular holiday island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the Spanish government said last night.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said that a 130-foot stretch of cliff collapsed onto a small beach at Playa de los Gigantes close to the western tip of the island off the north west coast of Africa.

The accident happened today at 4pm local time at a spot frequented by foreign tourists from northern Europe and known for its imposing west-facing cliff.

The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with government rules.