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10/03/2007

Major Landslide Near La Jolla, California


A power pole leans toward a sink hole on Soledad Mountain Road in San Diego. Officials had been in the process of warning residents that the earth was shifting when the collapse occurred about 9 a.m.

Breaking Earth News

California, USA
SAN DIEGO -- A landslide this morning heavily damaged one home and created a sinkhole about 50 yards long beneath a residential street on Mt. Soledad, a pricey neighborhood on the edge of La Jolla.

"The city is doing everything possible to stabilize the situation and safeguard homes," said Jay Goldstone, San Diego's chief operating officer. "This is a quickly evolving situation."

Goldstone said the only explanation city officials could give for the slide was gravity. The earth had begun to slide in July, with cracks appearing in the street. The movement had accelerated in recent days.

The heavily damaged home appeared to disappear into the sinkhole.

Mayor Jerry Sanders cut short a trip to Washington to return to San Diego.

The road is buckled in the 5700 block of Soledad Mountain Road between Desert View Drive and Palomino Circle.

About 2,500 customers were without power after utility poles fell, officials said.

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