CLICK HERE LARGE PRINT EDITION: HOUSES BUILT RIGHT ON TOP OF SAN ANDREAS FAULT « Culture of Life News
Increasingly significant earthquakes are jolting the North American West Coast. The entire length of the San Andreas complex which runs nearly the whole length of Mexico all the way to the Juan de Fuca plate that is being squeezed under Vancouver, is jerking increasingly violently. The section in the middle of California that hasn’t seen a major quake in well over 100 years is the only section seeing no quakes, not even microquakes. This is the section that will blow out suddenly, with tremendous violence in the reasonably near future. Meaning, not 100 years from now. Each year, the likelihood of it happening is greater and greater.
The 5.0 quake was very shallow, around the 10 km depth. The place where it happened is significant. For this is where the southern end of the quiet part of the San Andreas is. The region where this quake happened is very geologically complex. We can see this via satellite:
This is truly a nifty site and I recommend visiting it. You can see any level of satellite detail, the entire length of the San Andreas fault system. I spent over an hour, playing with this site’s maps. It was amazing! For a great deal of this deadly fault’s length, there are roads! They follow the path of the San Andreas perfectly! This sort of irresponsible planning and roadwork isn’t the only stupid business on the San Andreas. A number of houses are built right on top of the San Andreas.
This is near where the Loma Linda earthquake killed so many people in the past. Note how the land scape seems to flow to a low point here. When slip/strike zones have a stress release moment, we get both subsidence and uplift. The mountains to the West of Los Angeles moves upwards and the LA basin falls lower. Like the Tokyo basin, LA has many oddities in the crust. Evidently, part of the lithosphere has been knocked sideways. This, too, gets squeezed by pressure from distant parts of the planet. In the case of Tokyo, the North American plate’s movement to the west. In LA’s case, the pressure from Australia, shoving the Pacific plate northwards as well as the North American plate moving westwards.
Looking at photos of the San Andreas, it is horrifying to see modern suburban houses built right smack dab on top of the fault. This is inexcusable. Since the Great San Francisco Quake, geologists have mapped this entire fault line. Yet, housing, even very new housing, is built right on top of it. In the LA area next to yesterday’s earthquake, I found this particularly grim but amusing example of utter stupidity:
My god! That huge, sprawling mansion with the big pool was configured to be as much as possible, right smack dab on top of the fault! This is a very new house. I hope the poor owner takes a look at this picture and begins to
- Sue the bastards who sold the property to him or her.
- Sue the architect for not doing a proper geological survey of the site.
- Run like hell from this death trap.
And of course, scream at local and state authorities for allowing this plot of land to be developed. Of course, any sane land use regulations in this state should include total prohibitions on siting any structures on any of the major faults. Since this was ignored in the Victorian era is no excuse for continuing to ignore it. We know that the above mansion will, one fine day, be totally destroyed. Indeed, it happens to sit right on top of the point where the Great Break will begin. The chances of everyone in that house being instantly killed with no warning is very high.
This is not a conjecture, this is an absolute. The only way this future event can be avoided, is for this house to burn down in some Santa Ana windstorm event. What a great choice. There are literally over thousands of houses built right on top of this menacing monster. And less than 300 yards away are even more houses since the fault skirts many communities. The refusal of the government of California to prevent overdevelopment on obvious danger zones is why I don’t feel tremendous sympathy for that state. Just like all the governments in the Gulf of Mexico encourage massive real estate developments in areas that regularly are wiped out by hurricanes, if fools build permanent, expensive structures in geological or climate destruction zones, they should expect doom to come knocking on the front door.
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