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Comment: 11:59 - 13:10 (01:11)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 16. Mass Wasting
Keywords: "Steve Mirich", "geologic hazard", landslide, "Portuguese Bend", "Palos Verdes Peninsula", "mass wasting", construction, mitigation

Our transcription: While some residents say they remain in the area because of its aesthetic appeal, the fact is that many of those who live in Portuguese Bend have no hope of selling their homes.
Steve Mirich's house was built in the early 1950s, and the trouble began shortly thereafter.
There used to be roughly three times as many houses through this valley, and some houses met their demise very fast, were torqued apart by the land movement quite fast.
Some people sold out.
Insurance wrecked down other houses.
And a few people bought houses that were still remaining up right, lived in them cheaply until the house was ready to fall apart .
Until about 18 years ago, someone came up with the idea to take the house and lift it up off the ground and build a steel framework underneath it to hold it together.
And then all we do is once in a while, and it's only been once since I've lived here that we've actually leveled the house off and adjusted the blocks that rest in certain areas and brought it back down to somewhat levelness.

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