9.8 Earthquake In YouTube Video, ‘San Andreas’ Movie Just Fiction, But Science Says 8.0 Increasingly Likely For California

CBS San Francisco

(CBS SF) — Separating fact from fiction, yes, a 9+ magnitude quake or two will hit California in the “San Andreas” movie being released May 29th, yes a 8.0 magnitude quake in California is possible, but no, a planetary alignment has less effect on Earth than the Moon’s gravity and there is nearly zero chance of a 9.8 quake happening in California on May 28th or May 29th.

Scientists believe an earthquake of that power is nearly impossible in California because the San Andreas fault isn’t long enough or of the right type to trigger that sort of movement.

USGS seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said, “California does not have a fault capable of a [magnitude] 9.”

Despite what a man in the Netherlands claims in this virally popular Youtube video, scientists agree a planetary alignment would not impact Earth in any discernible way. The moon’s gravity is exponentially more powerful…

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