Hollywood movies very often offer spectacular, exaggerated and unrealistic scenes. Also, very often, their content carries a discreet message about political, social situation, etc. After the release of the earthquake disaster movie “San Andreas” there is a wondering whether this movie is sending a warning to its audience.
Predictions about megaquakes have always been actual. There has always been someone who claimed that a massive earthquake will destroy the coastline of California. Others would believe him, or not. However, there is something that really is alarming nowadays, something that nobody can deny. It is the fact that there are about 42 volcanoes around the world erupting in almost every moment. The number of earthquakes across the US is also increased. Compared to the 20th century, it is obvious that seismic activity is now heightened.
In addition to this, scientists also claim that the moment of megaquake will come. They even say that this moment will happen sooner than we think, because the previous forecasts were insufficiently precise. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is a high probability that the west coast will encounter a massive quake within the next couple of decades.
They explain it is likely that multiple individual faults rupture at the same time. This is how a megaquake could be formed, and this is the reason that made scientists to refine the forecast.
The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, knows that the consequences of a major earthquake would be disastrous. He hopes that the new movie will raise the awareness about the danger from quakes and help people to prepare for a serious natural threat.
Garcetti remembers the problems that the city encountered after the 1994 Northridge quake, when mobile phone service crashed, which is why he now works on securing buildings, telecommunications system and water supply, in order to be ready if a major quake strikes.
In the movie “San Andreas”, San Francisco gets swamped by the huge tsunami, and this detail from the movie provoked heavy critics, because this scene is unrealistic. Tsunamis are usually caused by underwater quakes, landslides, volcanoes and even meteor impacts. The San Andreas Fault could not be the cause of such a dramatic event.
One of the explanations for this giant tsunami scene in the film may be the attempt to raise the awareness about tsunamis as well, because 39 percent of all Americans live in counties that directly border a shoreline. Maybe this is the warning message about the forthcoming tsunami.
Despite general impressions about the movie, some things have nothing to do with Hollywood. It is the fact that the Ring of Fire has been extremely active lately. For example, Costa Rica was hit by at least 23 earthquakes, and some of them had epicenters only 22 kilometers from the capital. They originated on local faults west of Irazú Volcano’s main crater, and are not directly related to the activity of the volcano.
Another example is a volcano in the Galapagos Islands that woke up after 33 years of inactivity. Luckily, as the Galapagos National Park explains, the Wolf Volcano is not located near a populated area.
The Galapagos Islands are well known for their vast number of endemic species – pink iguanas, yellow iguanas and giant tortoises are some of them. These mentioned species live on the northwest side of the island, meaning that they are not threatened by the lava flow which has southeasterly direction.
Considering the increasingly unstable nature of our planet, the worldwide disasters are inevitable. Maybe we are just a couple of years away from them and it is very possible that some of them will demonstrate the destructive power of the nature.