Can The Rock save us from The Big One?

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will star in SAN ANDREAS, a new disaster film about a big earthquake that hits California. Surely he will save the day! The 3D film will start shooting next year for release in 2015. New Line will distribute. The studio is “aiming to out-Roland Emmerich Roland Emmerich with this project, envisioned as epic in scope.” reports Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter.

The ‘Big One’ may be even bigger than we imagine. As reported in the LA Times, recent “research showing a section of the fault is long overdue for a major earthquake has some scientists saying that the fault is capable of a magnitude 8.1 earthquake that could run 340 miles from Monterey County to the Salton Sea.

“Whether such a quake would happen in our lifetime had been a subject of hot debate among scientists. That’s because experts had believed that a major section of the southern San Andreas, which runs through the Carrizo Plain 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, would remain dormant for at least another century.

But that rosy hypothesis seemed to be shattered by a report in the journal Geology, which said that even that section of the San Andreas is far overdue for the ‘Big One.’ ”

The article continues: “Now, according to U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, it is entirely possible that all 340 miles of the southern San Andreas could be ready to erupt at any time…Large quakes haven’t occurred anywhere on the southern San Andreas for more than a century, making it a sleeping giant that has been building stress for so long it could snap at any moment.”

Get ready.