A Large Rockslide Near Tahoe Causes Highway 50 to Close

A Large Rockslide Near Tahoe Causes Highway 50 to Close

Francesca Bunya, Journalist

Early Friday Afternoon on April 9th, 2021, a large rockslide came down onto highway 50 causing the highway to close. Luckily, No one was reported injured, but resources show large pieces of rocks and boulders piled up on the road Blocking both of the lanes. Construction workers started working to clear up the lanes right away.

 

How did the rockslide happen? Rockslides normally occur when an earthquake takes place or when there is heavy rainfall. The earthquake causes the rocks to become loose, and then fall. The rainfall makes water go in between the rocks and That causes the rocks to get loose. The rocks slip off each other and then fall causing a rockslide. Depending on how big the rockslide is the damage can be large or small, such as damaging homes, destroying roads, or injuring people. In this case, the rockslide luckily just closed two lanes so nothing extremely bad happened. The rockslide in Lake Tahoe was caused by the snow there melting. Near the side of highway 50, there is a mountain with lots of rocks along the side. So, the water came in between the rocks and caused a rockslide.

 

Saturday, one of the lanes opened. At the time, lots of people were going home from spring break or enjoying the last bit of it by going on vacation. Traffic was heavy for those going home and going to Lake Tahoe. The Traffic stretched on for miles and the people there were stuck for hours, some were even turning around because of how long it was. Eventually, there will be more rockslides in the future near the area if the rocks there aren’t blocked off or moved somewhere.