'Slow Avalanche' Bruises Posh SoCal Neighborhood

Roads, multi-million dollar houses ripped up in La Jolla
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 12:36 PM CDT
In this image taken from video from XETV chunks of a four-lane road are damaged in the La Jolla section of San Diego, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007.The road buckled Wednesday and sank slowly in the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A landslide 60 yards wide ripped through an affluent San Diego neighborhood yesterday, forcing the evacuation of 111 homes. Chasms up to 20 feet deep opened, and a three-lane road was torn apart. The mayor declared a state of emergency, and aid offers are pouring in from federal and state government; 75 houses are safe to return to, CNN reports.

Only seven people were home during the slide. “Asphalt that should be under my feet was 8 feet in the air,” one said. “We watched the trees snapping and cracking and more boulders come down to our feet.” Officials had warned of shifts. “It’s a geologically bad site,” one said, “and should not have been built on to begin with.”