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Big Sur Cut Off as Highway collapses.

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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:33 PM
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Something shaking on the West Coast?

When you see this, it's hard not to ask if it's time to start jogging a little East.

The popular tourist route could be closed indefinitely after a 40-foot stretch of road falls into the sea Some other sources are claiming up to 200 ft of highway.

santacruz.patch.com...

More pics:

www.ksbw.com...


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Also in the last half hour: Related?

quakes.globalincidentmap.com...

Thursday March 17 2011, 17:30:47 UTC 15 minutes ago Central California 3.1 5.6 Detail
Thursday March 17 2011, 17:30:47 UTC 15 minutes ago Central California 3.1 5.6 Detail
Thursday March 17 2011, 17:21:39 UTC 24 minutes ago Central California 2.3 5.7 Detail
Thursday March 17 2011, 17:21:39 UTC 24 minutes ago Central California 2.3 5.7 Detail
Thursday March 17 2011, 17:18:30 UTC 27 minutes ago Central California 3.4 5.8 Detail
Thursday March 17 2011, 17:18:30 UTC 27 minutes ago Central California 3.4 5.8 Detail


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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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I wouldn't doubt some shaking in the least bit. . . thanks for the video.

If I lived there I'd be erm... moving. This coupled with a major earthquake in Japan? Yeah I'd be gone.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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This has happened a few times before. I worked for an ambulance company in that area and we would have to get helicoptered in to our station when this would happen. even tho the road is out there are still people who live on the other side.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:39 PM
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What time did this happen, I don't have very good speakers and its hard to hear them talking. Incidentally... Probably no correlation but:

M 3.4, Central California

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011 17:18:30 UTC
Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:18:30 AM at epicenter
Depth: 5.80 km (3.60 mi)
USGS

That isn't too far from the collapse on Highway 1. But its not powerful, unless the ground in the area is thoroughly unstable. I cannot claim I know enough about EQ's to go into further detail. But there was another small quake (3.0 Magnitude) right by Highway 1 in the late hours of March 16th (late, local time).

I guess the quakes where a fair bit further southeast/south than the collapse though. So I will stop tooting the "everything is causes by an EQ" horn today. Maybe its time I stop spending all day watching live quakes...


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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:41 PM
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here in the uk we have a tv advert trying to get people to holiday in california and i am pretty sure they use that stretch of road in it. not sure if they show the same advert in the us but it has arnold the austrian governator and various other people in it who i have no idea who they are but get the impression they are famous.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:44 PM
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that just looks like normal errosion caused by the sea and weather changes, we get that stuff all the time in the uk where there are no major fault lines.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 12:46 PM
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3.1 2011/03/17 17:30:47 36.622 -121.228 5.6 13 km ( 8 mi) NW of Pinnacles, CA
2.3 2011/03/17 17:21:39 36.620 -121.230 5.7 12 km ( 8 mi) NW of Pinnacles, CA
3.4 2011/03/17 17:18:30 36.622 -121.229 5.8 13 km ( 8 mi) NW of Pinnacles, CA

earthquake.usgs.gov...



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 01:32 PM
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Ah I see... Personally I have absolutely zero experience with things like that. I suppose it's more shocking depending on where you live. Living where I am I see grass and flatness, with the only erosion being the dust that accumulates on my Jeep



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 01:37 PM
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dont get me wrong, i still wouldnt want to live on the edge of a cliff and it could still be the result of earth quakes, but it is most likely just normal errosion caused by water getting inside the ground and then the temperature changing making it expand and cause cracks.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 03:12 PM
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Highway 1 is built more for beauty than practicality and things like this are common, which is why 101 is available as a bypass for much of the way. Dramatic, yes, but then so is the scenery. If you've driven it you can see that this is bound to happen every so often.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 03:24 PM
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You are correct, look at the problems they have had with devils slide in San mateo county near pacifica. Beautiful road but it wasn't built for safety. If you go off the road on Highway 1 you will probably fall a long ways to your death. There are a few spots along the highway were they never pulled the cars out, they just leave them down there. Mud slides and erosion are problems in multiple places.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 03:41 PM
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Traveled thru Alaska and The Yukon. They have full sized loaders and earth moving equipment at the bottom of ravines. When they built the roads up there, sometimes it was actually cheaper to leave the equipment than to bring it up.



posted on Mar, 18 2011 @ 10:52 AM
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so this is just normal and has nothing to do with earthquake activity. If this happened here in my area this would be really odd.



posted on Mar, 18 2011 @ 02:30 PM
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Landslip. Possibly down to recent heavy rain?



posted on Mar, 19 2011 @ 03:21 AM
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I don't know if there was any tsunami activity there that could've undermined that area but it is between Santa Cruz and Morro Bay which did see enough activity to do damage. Maybe noone knows because that area is soooo steep and rugged. But we haven't had rain recently... I mean we've had plenty of rain but usually these sort of things happen during or very soon after aheavy rain. And there is the gopher factor. Damn things are so good at what they do they can cause a major landslide with enough rain.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 09:47 PM
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The San Andreas Fault comes ashore a bit north of the location!!



posted on Mar, 26 2011 @ 03:21 PM
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I completely missed this. This is so strange I'm glad no one was hurt.



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