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June 21, 2006

More Global Warming Horror: San Andreas Fault May Finally Explode

They say small little earthquakes are good because they bleed away, at a manageable level, the pent-up tensions of the moving plates of the earth.

The San Andreas Fault hasn't moved much for 250 years, and that's definitely a bad thing. One scientist thinks it's ready to finally shift catastrophically, moving perhaps 10 full meters.

Al Gore postulates that the faultline is being triggered by "being heated up by global warming, much like an egg will explode if you put it in the microwave." He has slides and graphs and charts to explain this.

But seriously-- it's just one scientist making this dire prediction, but this would be godawful.

And in disaster movies, it's always that one scientist who knows what's coming while all of his colleagues scoff.

If this one scientist is roguishly good-looking and considered a "maverick" in his field, and perhaps has some sympathy-engendering backstory, like he's a widower with an adorable, sassy 10 year old daughter, we should definitely start worrying.

If the scientist also has an adorable mutt he rescued as a stray after its owners died in a minor quake, who he's given the cute name of "Richter," then we must evacuate southern California immediately.

If the scientist is actually Dennis Quaid, who's secretly a world-class seismologist when he's not being a movie star -- forget it, the world is coming to an end.

Harry Callahan's Update: As if we needed more proof that global warming is caused by humans, remember that the Stanley Cup was won by the Carolina Hurricanes and the NBA Finals were just won by the Miami Heat.

Coincidence?

I think not.

(via Jonah Goldberg)


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