San Andreas: could it happen?
- Look here! Do you know what the Lord says about Los Angeles and these places here? „She’s gone!” You remember what I told you, about two years ago, how that earthquake would come in Canada up here, Alaska? I also tell you that „Hollywood and Los Angeles is sliding into the ocean. California, you’re doomed! Not only California; but you, world, you’re doomed! Church, unless you get right with God, you’re doomed!” THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!
- Have you ever heard me use that Name unless it come to pass? Ask you! You’ve known me twenty years. Did I ever tell you anything in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass? If everything I’ve ever told you would happen, happened, say „Amen.” [Congregation says, „Amen!”–Ed.] See? I tell you, now is the hour, you better be getting right, all of us. (W. Branham)
California is nervously watching and waiting after the Nepal earthquake, and its subsequent natural disasters, claimed over 6,000 lives. Yet, this month ( May 2015 ), Warner Bros are releasing the a disaster movie about an earthquake shattering the state’s San Andreas fault – could the timing be worse?
Earthquakes along the San Andreas fault were shown to be increasingly likely in a study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in October. While the recent events in Nepal do not increase the chance of a Californian quake, it has heightened public and scientific awareness about a similar disaster happening along the West Coast.
Dr Lucy Jones, a seismologist working with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on earthquake resilience, has made the facts clear: „Plate tectonics tells us that the San Andreas will continue to move and more great earthquakes are in our future”, she wrote in the Los Angeles Daily News last week.
On Sunday, her prediction came true: at least five earthquakes struck San Francisco on Sunday, although no injuries were reported.
Johnson explained in an interview that the film “is about the largest earthquake ever recorded hitting California, and the effects of that.” At magnitude 9, the film is stuff of worst imaginable thought: the most recent quake in Nepal measured 7.8-magnitude. The largest the San Andreas fault has experienced reached 7.9 in 1906, killing 3,000 people.
San Andreas is the first earthquake film since Earthquake was released in 1974, and modern CGI meant that disaster scenes filmed in Brisbane as well as San Francisco could make whole tower blocks collapse and tear huge crevices in the ground.
However, estimates undertaken by the USGS suggest a 7.8-magnitude quake would cause similar destruction. Depending on where the quake would take place, up to 18,000 people could be killed – especially if it happened on the Puente Hills fault, which runs beneath downtown LA.(telegraph.co.uk)