City officials in San Pedro, California, have long had their eye on a section of bluff-top road in the area. Constant erosion had threatened to walk away with the asphalt altogether, and that's exactly what happened during a storm on Sunday, November 20. A massive section of the Paseo del Mar roadway vanished down the bluff, leaving road crews to ponder on how to go about repairing problem. The city first discovered cracks in the road surface last spring, though the extent of the storm's damage was something of a surprise.

For now, the city is urging residents to stay away from the road until a solution can be found. The Los Angeles Police department has stepped up patrols in the area to keep would-be sight-seers away from the unstable road. Some area activists have accused rampant bluff-top development for accelerated erosion, though the slide could simply be nature at work.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Real Estate in California sure is sinking in this economy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I grew up in Long Beach, just across the harbor. Parts of the Palo Verde peninsula have been sliding for 50 years. This is nothing shockingly new to residents. Only dumbasses buy land in slide zones. They're all easy to find and predict if you can read a map. Buy on bedrock and you'll be good. Otherwise you get what's coming. Simple as that.
      Eta Carinae
      • 3 Years Ago
      TThe power of mother nature is always seems to amaze me.....Even though this cost millions in damage, this is spectacular !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try to beat japanese at reconstruction speed. C'mon, "we can!".
      • 3 Years Ago
      The clear solution here is to build ramps at both sides of the gap and declare it a vehicle suspension proving ground.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does the road on the left look like it been there for 20 years+ while the road parts in the hole and on the right looks fairly new??
      • 3 Years Ago
      That'll bluff out.
        Keith C
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think I love you. :-) That really helped a bad day. Thank you.
      Justin B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember that ridiculous movie "2012"...
      Mitesh Damania
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't the 1% get a break? Even mother nature is against them. Looks like they'll have to build a bridge to connect both sides. How soon it will be fixed will depend on how rich the area is.
        Osama bin Larry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mitesh Damania
        No 1%ers there, San Pedro is kind of a dumpy area, it's a port town and is actually part of Los Angeles. This area is the only nice part of the town (Pt. Fermin) and I don't think the real estate there is too outrageous because of the breathtaking views of the Port of Los Angeles. As far as this road goes, theres a park on one side and a hill on the other, no homes off this road.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Osama bin Larry
          Actually the side where the landslide is happening has breathtaking view of Catalina Island. And there are homes very close. Bike riding trails and hiking/running paths are all gone and now you have to go all the way around to get to Whites Point(western ave) from Point Fermin and the Korean Bell.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Al Fard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Luckily nobody was hurt.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ducman..pls explain why that's your 'dream.' bg..thx for the education on bluff top development..sure might be the cause of this. I live close to the Atlantic, but the W. Coast has always been a lot prettier, IMHO. Even with a collapsed road.
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