Southern California’s section of the particular immense San Andreas Fault is definitely building towards a catastrophic rupture. In the opening of the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach, Thomas Michael jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), said that the suspension systems on the San Andreas system wound very tight. As well as the southern San Andreas fault, especially, looks like it’s locked, loaded and able to go. Based on the motion of the tectonic plates in the region, earthquakes should be relieving roughly 4.9 meters (16 feet) of tension every century. As reported with the Los Angeles Situations , the San Andreas mistake hasnt been doing this at all, which means that over a 100 years worth of tension is waiting to be unleashed. The last time the the southern part of section of the fault ruptured is at 1857, when a stretch of 360 kilometers (225 miles) fractured on the surface, causing a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that lasted for 3 entire minutes. Although there are continuous, small tremors, major stretches from it have refused to budge. 1 section, near the Salton Sea, hasn’t experienced a huge event since the 17th century and is past due. A degree 7.8 quake in 1906 killed 3,000 people within San Francisco , and was one of the most powerful from the 20th century. Although this released plenty of stress, this was in the northern portion of the fault line, and the the southern part of section hasn’t experienced anything such as this since. A simulation of a M8. 0 quake across the San Andreas fault. SCEC through YouTube Luckily, San Andreas isn’t located directly beneath Los Angeles; however , this particular city of 3.9 million individuals is only 48 kilometers (30 miles) away from it, and it will certainly have the next Big One. Unfortunately, pinning down when the next cataclysmic earthquake will happen is, as always, proving difficult .