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Street Collapse in La Jolla Threatens Hillside Homes

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A landslide damaged several multi-million-dollar homes in La Jolla this morning when part of Soledad Mountain Road gave way. The slide has also forced the evacuation of more homes at the bottom of the

Street Collapse in La Jolla Threatens Hillside Homes

 (Photo: Utility crews work on power lines at the scene of the Mt. Soledad landslide. Ed Joyce/KPBS .)

A landslide damaged several multi-million-dollar homes in La Jolla this morning when part of Soledad Mountain Road gave way. The slide has also forced the evacuation of more homes at the bottom of the hillside. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The slide is about 60 yards wide on Soledad Mountain Road. The ground gave way shortly after 9 this morning, as city officials were checking out cracks in the pavement. A section of Soledad Mountain Road crumbled, sinking an area on the east side of the road between Desert View Drive and Palomino Circle. Maurice Luque with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department says geologists are analyzing the cause.

Luque: The danger is that the slide will continue further down the hillside and there are about 20 homes that are threatened down there. Those homes have been evacuated -- there were only about four people home at any of those residences and so they're all out and safe. There's been no injuries, no medical problems, no fires, but we're prepared.

He says crews will be at the slide site round the clock for the next several days. At least three significant slides have occurred in the same area over the past 40 years.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.


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