Evidence of Giant Sandworm Activity Does Not Deter Sightseers in California


While we know that certain geological processes can take millions of years and others can happen in an instance, there’s still no definitive answer to what’s going on with the Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

Geologist are still puzzled by what exactly caused the road to go from a regular semi-dusty stretch of pavement to buckling into a wavy patch, with some parts rising as high as 15 feet (4.5 meters).

According to Steven Frasher from the LA County Department of Public Works, the cracks are continuing to expand and “hour by hour, the adjacent hillside continues to slip undermining the pavement, actually coming underneath the pavement and uplifting it.”

Fraser also added that “There was no big rainstorm that triggered this. There was no big earthquake that triggered this,” which definitely makes for a cool little mystery.

However, Vincent Devlahovich, a geology professor from the College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita), suspects that the cracks were caused by surrounding rocks becoming saturated with rainwater. While plausible, there is still no official or definitive explanation regarding this phenomenon.

In order to get a better perspective, please view the drone footage.

Local authorities have been unsuccessful in contacting the owner of the land in order to seek permission for geologists to further study the phenomena.

[NO KIDDING! It’s because he’s been eaten by a Sandworm, Mr Smarty Geology Pants Scientist!]

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You know, these sand worms ARE working their way North!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Where the hell is Kevin Bacon when you need him?!
      And the Pats are up 14 in a Denver snowstorm.

    • Scotch_Pine

      Good thing we have permafrost. Although the sharkalanches
      still worry me.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’m still waiting for the Killer Bees forty years later.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You are lucky.
        The great wastelands of the north are just too cold for them.

        I got to play with some Killer Bees just outside of Tucson a few years ago and they are decidedly unfriendly bastards.
        They are small and look funny too.
        They also look dirty.

        Got up early the next morning while it was still cold and killed the bastards.
        Not one of my smartest moves considering I did it in jeans and a tee shirt, but early in the morning, before it has warmed up, they are not all that active even when you are killing them.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I know one thing you’ve never seen is how lethargic houseflies get when the temperature starts to drop below freezing.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Now that you mention it…
            I never even thought about that, but I guess that would be the case.

    • Exile1981

      I don’t think they can burrow through frozen ground. I’ll be safevtill spring.

  • Xavier

    Okay which one of you jokers planted a thumper?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Rosie O’Donnell, come on now.

  • mauser 98

    great movie

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Does anyone get the Lawrence of Arabia – esque subtext of that book?

    • Mal

      One of my favourites!
      With any luck some of them graboids will be heading to Washington and Ottawa.

  • It’s the Dune worm.

    • mauser 98

      the spice must flow

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      You just made that up.

  • Gary

    Climate change .

    • V10_Rob

      At this point, what ISN’T caused by ‘climate change’?

      • Blacksmith


      • Gary

        The rare Super-Moon last week pulled so hard on the Oceans that water washes into parts of Miami City which was used by democrats to blame in a Global warming and rising Oceans .
        Wow , when bad weather hurt the crops and caused droughts the people blamed the witches and that’s when they burned them at the stake long ago , but now these same types attack Global warming deniers since Al Gore said the AGW is true and every bad weather or heat wave proves it .

  • Tom Forsythe

    Behold my power, and tremble!

  • Frances

    Could well be underground water movement doing this. Water can do wierd things.

    Geology can be fun. Back in the day, geomorphology prof had us all heading out to the slopes below some quite pricey houses (top of hillside, good view) to view the slumping. Seems all those pricey houses were surrounded by lawn which was kept well watered; some of the water went sub-surface and lubricated various layers of the subsoil. Practice was stopped after complaints from homeowners. Meanwhile, geochemistry prof used to have a lab where we all went around “testing” the water fountains for various minerals. First thing in the morning, there were always enough minerals in the water to turn the test tube bright blue or green (minerals tend to become more concentrated in standing water which is why one is often advised to run the tap for a few minutes in the morning). Later classes didn’t get the same appalled reactions from the arts students frequenting the area.

    • Clausewitz

      As a former structural geologist, the answer is pretty easily gained just through the observation of the site. Sandy substructures tend to creep to a conformed mean, and in this case the idiot road engineers built a road next to a sandy hill that is in the process of soil creep. Even a very mild earth tremor, (There’s that word again) will cause the ground to shift. This is similar to the turbidity slumps on the edge of the continental shelves that used to take out the original trans continental phone lines. Took them a few years to figure those out.

  • WalterBannon

    Sandworms? You watch too many movies. Everyone knows that Obama says global warming caused this.

  • Barrington Minge

    Could be Sandgorgons…(see Stephan Donaldson’s books)

  • Tokenn


  • tom_billesley

    Sand djinns.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Global warming and/or evil white racists who hate Mexicans.

    • Clausewitz

      I blame it on the paternal aggressiveness of today’s rape culture.