Despite the advances we’ve made in technology, there’s something to be said for the things we still cannot control or predict. There’s a mystery and a reverence that remains in systems that have their own agendas such as weather patterns and earth processes. A hurricane has no regard for humans who have settled along the coast and communities cannot influence its trajectory. Earthquakes have no awareness of gentrification or the cost of living, but the San Andrea’s Fault is a god worthy-of-fear.
San Andrea’s Fault
750 miles long and 25 million years old
A continental transform fault between the Pacific plate (oceanic)
and the North American plate (continental) with its motion right-lateral strike-slip (horizontal)
Few places on Earth are as geologically complicated as California.
Lyrically complex. The ribs of the land show through its’ landscape.
San Francisco, CA
April 18, 1906, 5:12 am
Moment magnitude 7.8
3,000 people perished and 80% of the city was destroyed Deadliest earthquake in U.S. history
Earthquake • Aftershock • Fires
The Hubris & Folly of Humankind -- We choose to live in places we shouldn’t.
Derose Vineyards in Hollister, CA 1 inch per year
marks the edge of the plate boundaries
North American & Pacific Plate
the most closely observed earthquake zone in the world roughly every 22 years experiences a magnitude 6 earthquake
Explore rather than exploit with benefits of preserving rather than plundering.
More than 700 active faults along the San Andrea’s
Hayward Fault • Santa Monica Fault • Hollywood Fault • Whittier Fault • Inglewood Fault • Raymond Fault • Calaveras Fault • Roger’s Creek • Greenville• Cascadia • Carson Range • Death Valley • San Jacinto • Coachella Valley • Desert Hot Springs • Palm Springs • Indio Hills • Carrizo Plain
Palms Springs, CA
locked and loaded and ready to rumble
30 feet of crustal displacement and over 300 years of stress
There is a 99% chance that this area of the fault will erupt in the next 30 years.
Sedimentary Basins behave like a liquid under sudden changes in stress conditions such as earthquakes most land West of the fault will shake like a bowl of jelly.