Cracks in the ground ignite fears of a landslide in San Pedro, CA

September 30, 2011SAN PEDRO, Calif.  — A well-known stretch of San Pedro along the Pacific that is prone to land movement may be in danger of a landslide. Right now, residents say they’re just waiting to see what happens. The city has given the go-ahead to plug sewer lines and move power poles, preparing for the worst. Historically, the south-facing cliffs along San Pedro are historically unstable. On Sept. 19, engineers discovered that a sink hole about 2 feet long and 3 feet wide had developed below a depression in the road. “All of the sudden, one day you’re driving and you just felt a big drop in your car… maybe about half a foot,” one resident told KTLA. Surveyors say it appears the sink hole is expanding. Paseo del Mar has been closed indefinitely between Weymouth Avenue and Western Avenue. Cracks in the ground have also been found at the White Point Nature Preserve, which is bordered by Paseo del Mar, the Daily Breeze reports. On the south side of the street, crews have discovered cracks in the sidewalk and some separation of the curb from the gutter, according to the Breeze. Other cracks have been found south of the Mary Star of the Sea High School baseball diamond. Beach access below has been restricted due to fears of a landslide. So far, investigators have focused on the possibility that faulty plumbing may be to blame. A separation was found in a joint of a 54-inch storm drain that runs beneath Paseo del Mar between Weymouth and Western avenues. The county is now trying to re-route the storm drain away from the area of land movement. But, officials point out that it’s difficult to tell if drain break caused the land movement, or the other way around. –KTLA
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4 Responses to Cracks in the ground ignite fears of a landslide in San Pedro, CA

  1. theresa says:

    my parents have taken us all over san pedro california including the areas in question. the doctor my parents took us to was on 7th street and dentist on 6th street. that is a big size of land to monitor. i guess the only thing that can be done is get ready for the worst. a lot of land with businesses, homes, sites to see would be lost. i remember marine land when it was there. if we had a land slide would it generate a tidal wave?


  2. Sue says:

    So sorry that a favorite area of your’s is being potentially changed forever. It’s heart breaking to contemplate changes like that… But no, it wouldn’t generate a tsunami.
    Maybe Godzilla would awaken and walk ashore, but “no” to any tsunami.


  3. Rozee says:

    We moved from that area last year. The apartment we lived in for over 15 years had shifted so much the floors were no longer level. Nearby Trump Golf Course lost a golf hole a few years ago. People live in houses on trailer jacks further NW on Paseo Del Mar. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is an affluent area. We moved south. We’ll get the slosh. May all be blessed.


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