Why Did This Road Suddenly Buckle?

The geological mystery has experts stumped

It sounds like something out of an apocalyptic thriller. In just a few hours a Californian road rose up, twisted and crumbled.

Last week, motorists began calling highway patrol about a stretch of Vasquez Canyon Road that was lifting and warping. In some areas, the road lifted almost five metres into the air.

While that’s strange enough, the real mystery is WHY the road buckled.

The obvious answer would be an earthquake or muddy landslide, but the area hasn’t experienced either phenomena in recent history.

A similar buckling occurred in Anchorage during the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America. Find out more below.

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