San Andreas

There are certain aspects of San Andreas that ring true. The fault, for example, is real, as is the idea that California is long overdue for “the Big One.” But it probably won’t surprise you to learn that much of the rest of it is Hollywood fantasy.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones took to Twitter to help separate fact from fiction, pointing out the myriad ways in which this movie makes absolutely no sense — and also highlighting a few instances in which it’s dead on. Read about San Andreas fact or fiction after the jump. 

In San Andreas, directed by Brad PeytonDwayne Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter pilot who must travel to San Francisco to rescue his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) when a massive earthquake hits the San Andreas fault. Skyscrapers crumble and burn, a giant chasm opens up in Central California, and a massive tsunami slams the Bay Area.

To your average moviegoer, it all feels plausible enough in the moment. (Or at least not any more implausible than the dozens of other disaster movies we’ve seen.) Jones, however, isn’t your average moviegoer. She’s in a position to actually tell what could happen and what couldn’t, and she’s sharing her scientific wisdom with the rest of us.

All of Jones’s tweets can be found here (via LA Observed). Here she is first hitting the red carpet at the San Andreas premiere last night in Los Angeles:

But the real fun began once the movie did. Here are a few of her tweets taking San Andreas to task:

For all San Andreas got wrong, though, Jones also pointed out a few things it did right:

(Honestly, one of my problems with the movie is how rarely people do this in the movie. Any elementary school child in California could tell you you’re supposed to take cover under something sturdy until the shaking stops. Anyway, moving on…)

In conclusion:

San Andreas opens in 3D and 2D this Friday, May 29.

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