Source Pravda.Ru

A landslide at Laguna Beach

A &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/society/2000/11/29/1195.html ' target=_blank>landslide sent at least five expensive homes crashing down a hill and may have damaged many others Wednesday.

Fire department personnel had no estimate of the damage and there was no immediate word on whether there were any injuries.

Television helicopter footage showed smashed homes on heavily built-up Flamingo Road. The earth was still moving beneath the homes. Some fell nearly intact, while others were ripped apart and left trails of debris.

The steep coastal area has had &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/09/22/37031.html ' target=_blank>slide problems before and several homes were red-tagged as uninhabitable in February during the second rainiest season on record in Southern California. Laguna Beach is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, tells ABC News.

According to SignOnSanDiego, At least three people were taken to a hospital for minor injuries, officials said. Crews were apparently able to evacuate most of the residents before the earth gave way. About 40 homes closest to the damage zone were also evacuated, the city's mayor said.

Twelve homes were destroyed and 15 were damaged in the slide, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider said. Reports of trouble started coming in at 5 a.m. and the earth started to move between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Television helicopter footage showed the smashed homes on heavily built-up Flamingo Road in this city 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The earth was still moving beneath the homes.

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