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    15 "San Andreas" Events In Order Of Increasing Scientific Inaccuracy

    "The magnetic pulse rate is spiking!" SPOILERS, obviously.

    San Andreas came out this weekend, and it is for sure the next awesomely terrible disaster flick. But there is that pesky problem of scientific accuracy...

    So I decided to watch the movie with a cadre of accomplished geophysicists.

    After our discussion, I ranked each event on a scale of skydiving Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Six skydiving Rocks is the largest level of absurdity possible on this scale.

    Here are some things that happened in the movie, ranked from most to least likely to happen in real life:

    1. There were a bunch of earthquakes following the larger earthquakes.

    Absurdity Ranking: 0 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    2. Before the tsunami destroyed San Francisco, the water withdrew dramatically.

    Absurdity Ranking: 0 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    3. There are a ton of fires in the aftermath of the quake.

    Absurdity Ranking: 0 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    4. The rooftop pool in Downtown L.A. made some crazy waves during the quake.

    Absurdity Ranking: 0 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    5. Downtown L.A. shook much worse than the Caltech campus area.

    Absurdity Ranking: 1 (out of 6) Skydiving Rock

    6. The earthquake was so big you could feel it in New York City.

    Absurdity Ranking: 1 (out of 6) Skydiving Rock

    7. From the air, you could see a massive seismic wave traveling across the ground.

    Absurdity Ranking: 3 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    8. The buildings shake quite rapidly during the quake.

    Absurdity Ranking: 3 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    9. The San Andreas Fault breaks apart and forms a massive chasm.

    Absurdity Ranking: 4 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    10. A newly discovered fault in Nevada connects to the San Andreas fault to form some sort of superfault.

    Absurdity Ranking: 5 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    11. “Magnetic pulses” are accurately monitored from inside the Hoover Dam, a massive energy-generating facility.

    Absurdity Ranking: 5 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    12. Panicked people run around during the quakes.

    Absurdity Ranking: 5 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    13. A geologist predicts earthquakes.

    Absurdity Ranking: 5 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    Important sidenote: Lingsen Meng, Ph.D., a professor of seismology at UCLA, stresses that the movie's focus on prediction misses an important advance in earthquake research: early warning systems. AFTER an earthquake hits one region, it is possible, with a network of GPS sensors or seismographs, to send word to another area that one is on the way with up to 30 seconds' lead time. That's enough time to stop trains, turn off gas lines, stop surgeries, duck for cover, etc.

    14. A magnitude-9.6 earthquake strikes California along the San Andreas Fault.

    Absurdity Ranking: 6 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    15. An earthquake along the San Andreas Fault triggers a massive 100-foot tsunami.

    Absurdity Ranking: 6 (out of 6) Skydiving Rocks

    One other thing the movie got right: Duck, cover, and hold!

    Safety Ranking: 6 (out of 6) ducking Alexandra Daddarios

    Click here and here for some more info on how to be prepared for an earthquake.