San Andreas

San Andreas (2015)

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Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, Chief Ray Gaines is desperately trying to save his daughter, Blake, from rising water inside a building. The water engulfs them both at the exact same moment, and Ray watches helplessly as Blake immediately drowns without struggle in only 22 seconds. However, virtually anyone can hold his breath much longer than that, up to two minutes or more. In fact, Ray continues holding his breath for an additional 30 seconds under continuous physical exertion as he retrieves Blake's body and swims to the surface.

Charles Austin Miller

Correction: Many people, especially when panicked, will actually pass out during their first breath. Blake could have easily gone into shock as well. So it's not unheard of for someone to drown in under 30 seconds, although they may still be alive and can be revived. But this was not the case with Blake.


Corrected entry: Tsunamis are caused when the epicenter of the earthquake is located in the sea. Physically, in order for a tsunami to be formed, the seabed must move abruptly in a vertical direction. In this movie, all the earthquakes are located inland, along the San Andreas fault.

Correction: Although it is a series of earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault, these still would be able to cause a tsunami, since an earthquake measuring 9.6 on the Richter-Scale easily could cause a submarine landslide - which would definitely lead to a tsunami, as shown for example by the "Storegga Slide".

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