Big Sur coast just north of Kirk Creek

View from the sky looking down on a road that runs close to the ocean along a steep and rocky cliff.

Detailed Description

A two-day rainstorm from January 26-28, 2021 caused numerous mudslides, debris flows, and other issues along California's coastal Highway 1 through Big Sur. This section is just north of Kirk Creek, at a drainage where mud was washed across the roadway. Plumes of the muddy runoff are clearly visible in the ocean.


Image Dimensions: 1840 x 1228

Date Taken:

Location Taken: Big Sur, CA, US



Event response data collected for Remote Sensing Coastal Change Project, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC), January, 2021

For additional information, contact:
Jon Warrick - (USGS PCMSC)
Andy Ritchie - (USGS PCMSC)

Photo from a 29 January 2021 flight, flown for USGS by Bob van Wagenen of Ecoscan in a Cessna 182 with a USGS-designed integrated GPS/camera system engineered by Gerry Hatcher, USGS PCMSC.