Highway 1, heading down the coastline of California is a beautiful drive. That beauty is currently covered in mud and debris for about a quarter of a mile, just north of Big Sur.
It’s being called the state’s largest mudslide in history, says one geologist. Authorities don’t know when they’ll be able to get the road re-opened (which was already closed in that section due to some roadway buckling). They also say they won’t be able to access the area for a while, since the land is actually still moving through there, and it’s just too unstable for anyone to get there safely.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office posted this video to their Facebook page:
You can see just how the coastline was affected, and how it bulges out into the ocean now. They say there’s about 40 feet worth of rocks, mud, and debris covering the road, and there’s no telling if the roadway is even there underneath it. It’s also a huge part of California tourism, and since happening just before summer time, it’s unknown what sort of problems it may cause for summer tourism.
The cause of the landslide is blamed on our wet winter. While we needed the water after years of drought, the sudden large amount of water we got over the winter has been causing all sorts of damage to roadways and land all over California.