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.
The West Coast parts of USA are a part and parcel of daily news. Many farmers in the parts of West coast are fretting on what climate change holds in store for them. Majority of the farmers in coastal region are wondering what hopes are there 25 years to come. California is one of the affected regions. Most of the farmers are contemplating how climate change must be handled for them to fulfill their fruit farming dreams.
You can imagine visiting your avocado farm and only finding all avocados stained black. Due to low temperatures, the thick avocado leaves had shriveled and fell later exposing the green fruits to sun. Most of the farmers who have experienced such situation claim to have lost most of their fruits. Others count themselves lucky as some parts of the west coast did not freeze as anticipated to lower degrees. Hence, they did not experience major damage and loss of their fruits.
Avocado trees are known to start dying when temperatures fall as low as 28F or exceed 100F. Cold weather during spring season does not allow bees to pollinate meaning that fruits will not develop. As climate changes, fruits will run out of water and dry. A lot of salt also accumulates into the soil leading to loss of plants. And growth of new pests will feed on the plants meaning farmers will have nothing to harvest. The West Coast weather has been irregular over the years. The people of California have experienced historic drought, unusually warm winter, massive wildfire and unseasonable cold temperature.
Down the east of Sacramento, the weather has been weird with some plants losing their leaves while others have completely sprouted leaves and fruits. Many farmers are wondering what to expect come 2050. Will temperatures have risen up to four degrees, massive droughts hit the west coast or sea levels rise? Many hope that planting trees will offer a way out 25 years to come.
The west coast is a big producer of tree crops. Nuts and fruits are a common produce among farmers in California. Majority feel that the region is quite sensitive to climate and actions should be taken. Despite such shortcomings farmers in the region are looking forward to planting more tree crops such as avocados. A bet that many hope will bear fruits and sustain their life for many years to come. They are even coming up with better ways of curbing climate change and hope this will allow farmers in the west coast USA keep on farming.