Update: Doc took this photo of the La Conchita area from a plane. It clearly demonstrates that the hill behind the town has slid in the past and will likely continue to do so in the future.

la Conchita slide from the air

Thanks to Doc for the link to this image of the southern California mudslide that wiped out about 15 houses a couple of days ago.

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southern CA mud slide
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And while the storms out west pale in comparison to what happened late last year in Asia, it’s still somewhat shocking to see highway 101, a major north-south artery connecting southern and northern California, covered with mud. This mudslide is in the vicinity as the one above and happened about 45 minutes before the major slide.

Click for larger version and to see more images in a series photographed by oceanographer Grace Chang.

highway 101 under mud