IN THE 1978 film “Superman”, Lex Luthor, Superman’s tenacious villain, launched a nuclear missile at the San Andreas fault, which runs north to south through California. He hoped to trigger an earthquake so large that it would sink everything west of the fault into the Pacific. The resulting carnage would have handsomely benefited the rather conspicuously named Lex Luthor Incorporated, which had just purchased large swathes of land east of the fault. The missile did ultimately hit its mark, but Superman was able to prevent catastrophic damage by flying into a crevasse and personally stabilising the tectonic plates with his sheer brawn, Atlas-style.
In the newly released film “San Andreas” (pictured), the fault once again threatens to destroy the Golden State. The apocalyptic drama begins when a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam ruptures, triggering massive quakes along the San Andreas fault, reaching magnitudes of 9.1 in Southern California and 9.6 in Northern California. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Chief Ray Gaines, a rescue-helicopter pilot for the Los Angeles fire department. When “the Big One” hits,...Continue reading