California landslide buries famous highway • Earth.com

Last update: June 25th, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a landslide that has buried a famous California highway.

According to the California Department of Transportation, a massive landslide brought over a million tons of rocks and dirt down on California’s scenic Highway 1.

The image was captured by the Operational Land Imager on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

“This is a large slide preceded by smaller slides, which is not uncommon,” said Thomas Stanley, NASA geologist and researcher. “Much of the California coastline is prone to collapse, so it’s fortunate that this landslide happened in an unpopulated location.”

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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