San Andreas Fault, long dreaded as the line where a vulnerable portion of California could someday fall into the sea. One of my stops in My Ultimate Global Adventure was a stay with friends at their home in Sea Ranch, where their backyard was the point at which the fault crossed into the Pacific Ocean. Sea Ranch is between Point Reyes and San Francisco in the above map.
San Andreas, the film, with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, wiped out the competition this weekend:
- 10.5 In 2004, a TV movie by that name (Rotten Tomatoes audiences, 54%)
- 10.0 In 2014, Los Angeles is wiped out
- Subtract the smaller earthquake from the larger.
- Multiply this difference by 1.5.
- Place this number into the exponent of base 10.
- How much more energy is impacted by that hypothetical 9.6 magnitude earthquake of San Andreas compared to the all-time high 9.5 magnitude of the 1960 Chile earthquake?
- 9.6 - 9.5 = 0.1
- 0.1 x 1.5 = 0.15
- 10**0.15 = 1.4, or the film earthquake had 1.4 more energy, or was 40% larger
- Whether you are comparing a 6 earthquake with a 5, or 10.5 with a 9.5, the difference is exactly one, or the comparison is a ratio of 31.6. Thus, the movie 10.5 had an earthquake with 31.6 times more energy than the 9.5 Chile earthquake.
- Soon after the 9.0 magnitude Great Tohoku earthquake of 2011, I was in Tokyo and was jarred by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. What was the energy ratio?
- 9.0 - 7.1 = 1.9
- 1.9 x 1.5 = 2.85
- 10**2.85 = 707
- As serious as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake is, it is 707 times weaker than a 9.0.
It would not surprise me if The Rock (here with film wife Carla Gugino) builds earthquakes into a franchise. Next, what about his re-united family gathering in Tokyo when the really big one hits? By then his daughter Blake (Alexandra Gaddario, in Texas Chainsaw 3D) will have a steady boyfriend, or husband, in hero Ben Taylor (Australian Hugo Johnstone-Burt).
If they wait until around the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, his younger brother Ollie (left, Art Parkinson--Irish actor in Game of Thrones) will be old enough to meet that perfect Japanese girl. Ollie was the only real character in the movie. Paul Giamatti (right) was also good as CalTech geophysics professor Lawrence Hayes, so he will be at an earthquake conference in Japan. Tokyo has a 70% chance of a major earthquake in four years. No reason why this one can't be of 9.7 magnitude (hey, it's a movie), which would make it 40% stronger than that San Francisco monster of the first film.
The Venus Syndrome, the ultimate disaster film, for Planet Earth can be converted to Planet Venus...unless The Rock has a simple solution. I've already got the script.
However, Blanca will jiggle around for awhile, then move on a track north of Andres.