The US West Coast is one of the most seismically active places in the United States. The San Andreas fault that traverses the state poses a major risk in the region, once it moves. It is believed that a strong magnitude earthquake could strike the area once the fault moved, putting the lives of millions in danger. Here are some of the scenarios that could take place if the San Andreas fault in the US West Coast moved:
Los Angeles – the city of Los Angeles, is the second largest city in the United States. If the San Andreas fault moves, the whole city would be devastated, and thousands could die from the catastrophe. The freeways found within the city would collapse, triggering accidents all across the city’s downtown area. Its skyscrapers would also dance through the earthquake, and if its foundation is not good enough, the skyscrapers could collapse. The damage in Los Angeles alone would cost billions of dollars, and it would take the United States Government years before they could rebuild the city.
San Francisco – another major city on the West Coast of the United States that can be devastated if the San Andreas fault moves. The city was devastated by an earthquake more than a hundred years ago, but the damage before would be very different from the damage that it will acquire from the San Andreas fault. The movement of the fault would trigger massive skyscraper collapse, and after the earthquake, the San Francisco Bay Area could suffer apocalyptic damages due to the tsunami that would batter its coast.
Las Vegas – the city of Las Vegas, will not be spared if the San Andreas fault moves. The desert city could develop sinkholes if the earthquake registered a strong magnitude. It could also result in the destruction of the Hoover Dam, which would send Las Vegas into a dry spell and pitch black nights as electricity and water would probably be cut.
Other areas on the West Coast of the United States are under threat of being submerged when a tsunami hit or being completely devastated by the fissures produced by the earthquake.