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!]