(NaturalNews) What do you get when you cross a record-setting drought with an earthquake? This question was recently asked on NPR, and it isn’t a pleasant visual. The devastation to the precarious water supply caused by a 7.8 magnitude quake on the San Andreas Fault could sever all four aqueducts at once, cutting off more than 70 percent of the water sustaining Southern California. This is a real threat and not some doomsday prediction. This means that an estimated 18 to 22 million people are just one major earthquake away from being completely cut off from their water supply.
Pat Abbott, a professor of geology at San Diego State University, explains that much of California’s water supply crosses over one of the earth’s most active fault systems. This situation has many engineers scrambling to put backup plans into place in the event that this occurs. And the reality is that most of Southern California’s water travels through the aqueduct system in the northern part of the state. The concern escalating is that those systems run directly over the San Andreas Fault. Continue reading