Titanic movie star Leonardo DiCaprio has been sued by his neighbors for allegedly activating a landslide on the neighbor’s property through negligently excavating for a basketball court at his home in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. So far some plants and hedges have been damaged and their deck and pool is "in danger of collapse". The neighbor is seeking $250,000 in compensation. A DiCaprio spokesman, Ken Sunshine, said the lawsuit "is totally without merit." Source: AP by way of LA Daily News.
Amazing video of a rockslide as it happened yesterday along U.S. Highway 64 in the Ocoee River gorge in Tennessee. TDOT crews had almost finished removing rockslide debris from an event earlier in the day when a second slide occurred, blocking the road again. That looks like a pretty planar joint set dipping right into the roadway and everything was wet from the recent rains. Click through for the video.
The Devil’s Slide Tunnel project is on schedule and on budget according to a news story at ABC7News.com from earlier in June. The video (shown after the break) has a few nice shots showing rock bolting, soil nailing at the portals, and the geologic mapping and laser scanning that happens at the tunnel face.
I also came across a very neat article about how the Ocean Shore Railroad Company was the first to try to cut into the slope along what is now PCH 1 at the Devil’s Slide back in the early 1900s. They were trying to connect the then rural farming community of Half-Moon Bay with San Francisco. The railroad fought the reoccurring landslide and serious rockfalls. Ocean Shore Railroad went bankrupt in 1922 and pulled up its rails, making room for the current highway. (Photo at left from halfmoonbaymemories.com)