The Big (Sur) One

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Yesterday, April 30, 2019, at 10:10 am, a small, magnitude 3.4 earthquake rocked the seafloor 25 kilometers northwest of San Simeon. That’s just offshore from where the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line meets the coast; between Salmon Creek and Ragged Point. Local media reported it took place on the San Simeon Fault.

In other words, the quake took place immediately adjacent to some of the most unstable and landslide prone slopes in Big Sur. It was fortunate that this quake was so small, because larger – much larger – earthquakes are distinctly possible along the Big Sur coast.


The epicenter of yesterday’s earthquake was just off this segment of the southern Big Sur coast. The cattle grazing in Kozy Kove Meadow make a peaceful, bucolic scene, but it’s worth remembering that the flat is, in fact, the top of an enormous pile of rubble; the remnants of a massive landslide…

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You probably know most of this — but it bears repeating. Every time you dispose of your old computer — remember that reformatting your hard drive doesn’t even come close to protecting your sensitive data.

Your also may have thought that when you ‘delete’ a file — the data is gone — Wrong. When you delete a file, the operating system does not remove the file from your hard drive. It only removes the reference of the file from the system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface. Before the file is overwritten, anyone can pretty easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or un-delete utility.

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The good folks at AARP point out that Congress passed a law that will help people protect themselves from fraud (at no cost) by blocking the bad guys from opening up credit in their name. In the past, credit rating companies have charged people fees to freeze their credit reports — and you needed to pay a separate fee to each credit-rating agency. The no-fee service will go into effect shortly.

Fraudsters used this information to establish credit in another person’s name, posing significant potential financial liability on the unsuspecting. With a freeze in place, these rascals will find it much more difficult to set up a credit account in your name.

To avoid any delays, remember to unfreeze the accounts well before you will be looking for a new line of credit – or mortgage loan on a house purchase.
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These good folks at New York Presbyterian Hospital put together this short instructive resource to quickly help you save a life when the occasion arises. They point out that the survival rate of a victim decreases ten percent for every minute that CPR is not applied.

Knowing that effective hands using CPR triples the victim’s chance of survival, should be incentive for every man woman and child to take a minute to learn this easy technique.

These good folks urge you to take that minute today.

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Mud Creek Now Mud Point

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image0021Punta Barro: Big Sur’s newest geographical feature (photo credit: Rock Knocker)

The Santa Lucia Mountains are very young. At just 5 million years old, they are still in the process of being born – punching upward out of the Pacific faster than the forces of wind, waves, rain, and gravity can wear them down. Their steep, unstable seaward wall, rising to over 5,000 feet at Cone Peak, is constantly eroding, sliding and collapsing into the sea.

This natural process has been greatly accelerated since the 1930s, when the construction of Highway One undercut and activated treacherous slopes and old slide zones from one end of Big Sur to the other.

Mud Creek is one of those treacherous slopes. It’s not even really a creek; just a highly saturated mountainside that constantly oozes mud and water and tends to creep or slide downhill during the rainy season. It’s been a…

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Big Sur Highway Mayhem Map

From one of our locals who really knows Big Sur. Thank you for the great report.

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DSC06823The Highway has been mostly closed for over a month now, but sooner or later it will be business as usual again.

There’s been concern expressed recently about the safety of Highway One through Big Sur. Not concern about the inherent danger of a narrow, twisting road perched on the side of a cliff, but concern about new dangers created by congestion and overcrowding.

As anyone who lives, works or spends time in Big Sur knows, the Highway has gotten very, very crowded over the past five years or so. Why has the number of visitors increased so drastically? Is it social media? Advertising? Shifting dynamics of domestic and international tourism? No one seems to know for sure.

What people do know is that they’re frustrated with the traffic and crowds.

Traffic now routinely comes to a standstill at hotspots like Pt. Lobos, Bixby Bridge and Julia Pfeiffer Burns. Tourists…

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Photos – Crane at Pfeiffer

So sad to see the “broken” bridge and realize it has to be removed in order to replace. Projections for time to complete the new bridge is currently estimated at one year.


And this beauty just posted by Kyle Evans. Crane is almost assembled.


Photos by Heather Foster. The first one is from yesterday, Thursday, the second is from early this am. Thank you, Heather.


From Cal Trans through KSBW:

Piece by piece, crews put together a 250 ton crane that will be used to knock down the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur.

“The crane consisted of eleven loads coming from various parts of the state and it’s essentially being put together here on site,” said David Galarza with Caltrans. “It’s quite a task. They’re using a crane to put a crane together.”
After everything is assembled crews will attach a 6000 pound wrecking ball to the crane and use it to bring down the bridge.
“He’ll take it to a certain distance above the bridge deck and essentially drop it on there,” said Galarza. “Do that repeatedly and it…

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