This is the moment a North Carolina coastal home on stilts is swept into the sea.
The incident was filmed in the community of Rodanthe on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, managed by the National Park Service and stretching over 70 miles, located in the US state of North Carolina on 10th May.
One video of the incident, shared on Facebook by Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has gone viral with 3.5 million views.
The authorities said on 10th May: “Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has confirmed that an unoccupied house at 24265 Ocean Drive, Rodanthe, N.C. collapsed this afternoon.
“This is the second unoccupied house collapse of the day at the Seashore.
“The beach near Ocean Drive is closed and law enforcement officials will close Ocean Drive shortly. Visitors are cautioned to stay away from the beach in this area.”
Debris from two destroyed homes was widely scattered around the area, and the authorities said they will be working closely with the owners to organise the cleanup.
According to reports, another home in Rodanthe collapsed in February and spread debris around the surrounding beach area.
David Hallac, the spokesperson for National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said: “Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future.
“We proactively reached out to homeowners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that actions be taken to prevent collapse and impacts to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”
North Carolina’s coastline is home to many expensive holiday homes, and experts say many have been built in unsuitable places that are vulnerable to storm surges and extreme weather conditions.