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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Big Sur Landslide 5/23/17

 

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway 1 and tourism to survive. The weekend slide in Big Sur buried a portion of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and changed the coastline below to include what now looks like a rounded skirt hem. More than 1 million tons of rock and dirt tumbled down a saturated slope in an area called Mud Creek. The slide is covering up about one-quarter of a mile (0.40-kilometer) stretch of Highway 1.

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