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San Pedro slide: Section of bluff-top road falls into ocean

November 21, 2011 | 11:33 am

Officials are assessing the damage from a landslide in San Pedro

Officials are assessing the damage from a landslide in San Pedro that was accelerated Sunday by storms that washed chunks of a buckled bluff-top roadway into the ocean.

Rain exacerbated the slow-moving landslide that has left large, deepening crevices on Paseo del Mar, which runs along a coastal bluff near White Point Nature Preserve.

By Sunday, the roadway had broken into pieces that crumbled into the gaping holes, while other sections fell into the ocean below.

Officials have closed off Paseo del Mar from Weymouth and Western avenues, and are asking for people to keep their distance because the land remains unstable.

City and county crews have for weeks been hustling to relocate sewer pipes, water lines and other infrastructure beneath the sinking roadway.


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Photo: Section of collapsed road in San Pedro. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times