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Street collapse and mudslide force evacuations

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SAN DIEGO - A landslide sent at least one home sliding downhill and buckled streets in the southern California beach town of La Jolla on Wednesday.

Police evacuated residents and power was shut off to the area after the morning slide. No injuries were immediately reported but police said it was too early to determine the extent of the damage.

One neighbor told MSNBC TV that two water main breaks had happened in that immediate area in the last month, and that utility crews had been there Wednesday morning before the landslide.

A city engineer later told reporters that the water lines there had been moved above aground recently so as to prevent water from saturating the ground at that spot. That fact, he said, suggests the slide was due to geological factors, not the water mains.

Another homeowner in the hilly area of homes worth $1 million or more said the road was blocked by about 25 feet of dirt.

Ross Clark wrote on a newsblog on the San Diego Union Tribune's Web site that he was "looking at the mountain going into my pool and the neighbor's house."

"I heard the fence starting to crack. I heard a tree coming down. We grabbed the dogs and ran," he said, adding that he and his wife returned a short time later.

The landslide occurred just a day after city officials warned that the hillside was unstable and was threatening as many as eight houses.

At least seven other homes were in danger of being damaged, and there are other homes at the bottom of the hill.

The street collapse was about 50 yards wide.

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