BIG SUR, Calif. (NBC News) — Crews are getting their first look at a massive landslide that buried part of a northern California highway under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt.
A swath of the hillside at Big Sur gave way over the weekend.
The slide is covering up approximately one-quarter of a mile stretch of Highway 1 in an area called Mud Creek.
Officials say they have not yet been able to assess the damage because the area remains unstable, and they do not know when it might re-open.
Highway 1 at Mud Creek had already been closed to repair buckled pavement and remove debris from an earlier landslide triggered by powerful winter storms.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Highway 1 is a major tourist draw, attracting visitors to serene groves of redwoods, beaches and the highway’s dramatic oceanside scenery.