Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 6 months ago

if California sinks into the ocean would California's neighboring states go underwater to?

7 Answers

  • wereq
    Lv 4
    5 months ago

    California won't sink into the ocean. it's on a slip fault, meaning it's slowly moving North, not into the ocean.

  • 5 months ago

    Then 500 million Latino illegals would also

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    According to my old college geography teacher, California is on a different fault line than that of the other states.  So, over the coming centuries, CA. will gradually move up the coast until its next to the state of Washington.  However, nobody alive today will live to see it.  

  • ?
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    No. The San Andreas fault is mainly a horizontal fault. California is NOT going to drop off into the ocean. Sea level rise is another matter.

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  • 6 months ago

    Actually not likely to happen.  Unlike Alaska, BC, and Washington State, California's fault line, the big one, is a sliding fault line.  Which is to say the Pacific plate and the coastal plate along California are sliding essentially north and south relative to each other.  There is little to no lifting or subsidence with this kind of seismic motion.

    Sorry, some Californians are not going to suddenly get beachfront property by the next big quake.  The western most littoral area of California will not drop under the ocean.  As earthquakes go this is a good thing because the sliding plates do not generate tsunamis.  But as tsunamis are far reaching, the lifting earthquakes north of Oregon's coast can and do send tsunamis onto California on occasions.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    In geology, it takes millions of years for something like a state to sink into the ocean.  It's not predictable enough to know if neighboring states would go underwater too.

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It's your "IF" scenario!

    In general, with the San Andreas fault, San Diego is moving towards San Francisco.

    IF you are talking sea level increases, the central will also go under.

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