Locked and loaded: San Andreas fault ready to go, warns scientist

Several areas of the U.S. may be at risk, however one scientist warns San Andreas fault fully-loaded, ready to go

LONG BEACH, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, told attendees of a conference Wednesday, that the “springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight. And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.”

While this type of rhetoric is nothing new for Californians, who have been told their whole lives that a portion of Cali may fall into the ocean, the news is actually extremely alarming and dovetails with other areas in the United States that are also currently building up pressure. These areas include the New Madrid fault region near the Mississippi River that got struck with what some are calling a foreshock Tuesday, and also the Yellowstone region, which is the home of a massive supervolcano.

In Cali, scientists “have observed that based on the movement of tectonic plates, with the Pacific plate moving northwest of the North American plate, earthquakes should be relieving about 16 feet of accumulated plate movement every 100 years. Yet the San Andreas has not relieved stress that has been building up for more than a century,” as reported by the LA Times. Jordan told attendees to be prepared to see quakes near San Bernardino’s Cajon Pass as strong as magnitude 8.

Additionally, there will be two near planetary alignments in May that could potentially tug on planetary fault zones in a major way. This realm of information is often overlooked by most, however from my personal experience, I have seen astrologists predict earthquakes with great accuracy. In fact at least 12 earthquakes over M6 have hit on days that the Earth has aligned with Mars, Venus, and the Sun since December of 2004.

Youtuber “thebarcaroller” recently put out a video detailing how “on May 22nd, Mars will be in opposition and on May 25, Venus will also oppose Mars” making this time-frame “highly volatile” for activity.

Additionally, numbers from a 2008 USGS survey show that if an M7.8 or larger hit on the Southern San Andreas fault it would likely lead to over $200 billion in damage, thousands of deaths and about 50,000 predicted injuries. And as pointed out by the LA Times, sewer and water would be a major issue. In fact, most of the state would likely fall into martial law almost overnight and hundreds of thousands of residents may even become displaced.

Shepard Ambellas is a journalist, filmmaker, film producer, radio talk show host and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News & Politics. Established in 2013, Intellihub.com is ranked in the upper 1% traffic tier on the World Wide Web. Read more from Shep’s World.

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