Friday, May 26, 2017

Biggest mudslide in California history wipes out state Highway 1, also known as the beautiful coastal highway, near Big Sur


The mudslide the crashed on California State Route 1 on Saturday has resulted in $1 billion dollars in highway damage. The weekend slide buried parts of the coastal highway under a 40-foot layer of dirt and rock. Recent aerial shots from above show a massive mud dome that created a wide skirt over the road, down the cliff, and onto the shore below.

The mudslide is being billed as the biggest in recorded state history. "It's one of a kind," Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation, told Associated Press. “We haven't been able to go up there and assess. It's still moving," Cruz said.


http://m.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Massive-slide-covers-stretch-of-Highway-1-near-11165911.php
https://twitter.com/abc7newsbayarea
https://sf.curbed.com/2017/5/24/15686966/mudslide-big-sur-landslide

6 comments:

  1. I think their best bet is to take a bunch of pumps and high pressure nozzles out there, and pump sea water on that slide until it's mostly washed away, before they even start with machines.

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    1. you've got a good idea there! I heard the news say that the DOT estimates a year before the road is open again

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  2. If you Google image search 'Kaikoura earthquake 2016' you will see that similar damage has occurred on the coast road north from Christchurch which is the main link with the north, although in the NZ case there were dozens of slips (as well call slides). That was in November last year and it will be at least the end of 2017 before the whole road will be open again. The main rail link north remains closed as well. In the meantime an alternative routs has to be used which more than doubles the travel time between Christchurch and Picton where the ferry link to the North Island is.

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    1. I don't need to google it, C'Mon! You know me! I posted about it! http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/11/78-earthquake-struck-new-zealand.html

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  3. A friend and I talked about this last week..It looks to us as the house built on the south side is built on a previous slide...
    He was headed that-a-ways from Seattle to L.A. with a trailer full of model "T" engines..Going inland now..

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    1. dang! I think you're right!

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