"I saw another angel coming down from heaven...
and the earth was illuminated with his glory."
Revelation 18:1

Photo Essay of the San Andreas Fault


“And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” Revelation 6:12

The book of Revelation mentions several earthquakes as part of end-time events. With scientific predictions for geology in places like California, it’s not difficult to imagine how a catastrophic earthquake might happen. Especially when people are building right on top of the danger zone…

In Highland, California, a beautiful community of the San Bernardino foothills, there lies a sleeping giant...

 

Unbeknownst to many residents, the San Andreas Fault runs right through their community.

 

When many people think of the San Andreas Fault, they expect to see something like this...

 
By USGS (http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/earthq1/how.html) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (color edited). 

But in places where the fault has been dormant for years there are no obvious surface indicators at all...


 


That is the case in Highland, CA where the San Andreas Fault crosses under Highland Avenue five times in just a few short miles before heading south through barren land to the Salton Sea.

 

I know because I lived there...  Strangely, I hadn’t thought of looking up where fault lines lie until I was doing a search about earthquake potential. When I looked at the following website, which tracks the path of the San Andreas Fault, I noticed it goes straight through the community I lived in; http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html 

The map answered some questions I’ve had about the funny design of our neighborhood. Like how this strange no-man’s land appears to cut right off of Highland Street at a diagonal angle:


 

This is looking at it from the street below. You can see someone walking past the diagonal no-man’s land, in which the San Andreas Fault lies. From the angle it comes (looking at the map), the fault should continue straight toward where I was taking the picture. 

Here’s a closer look at the area the person was walking past in the above picture:

 

The area was made into a walking path with a white fence like others that run through the community. The difference is how it’s accompanied by an vacant lot that cuts diagonally through prime real estate. Unfortunately, there is no sign posted. It seems you have to do your own research to find this out. 

Here’s another picture of the same walking path and empty lot, after I walked into it a little ways. The fence is no longer visible because the walking path is lower than the open area beside it...

 

Here’s looking back from the opposite end of the lot;

 

Close to where I was standing to take the above picture, if you turn around to see where the fault continues north-west, this is what you see:

 

Yep...another strangely empty lot amid prime real estate. Most of the other areas in this community are built up with few open areas between them.

Those two posts with the little sign? They're directly in line with the diagonal path of the fault line from the picture above. What does the sign say? Is it labeled “San Andreas Fault?”

 

No... it’s just an old piece of rotting wood. Who knows if it ever had something written on it. I suppose it would be too expensive for community developers to raise people’s alarms by labeling the San Andreas Fault. That’s just a guess really, I only rented a room there so don’t know if home buyers were given any kind of disclosure about it... 

Here’s looking deeper into the same lot from the picture above:

 

It’s filled with gorgeous meadows and trees (all green from recent rains when I took the picture), but eerily empty. 

Here’s another picture of the left side of the same lot:

 

You do find some strangely abandoned structures in the lot as well. Just behind the trees on the right side, in the above picture, I found this rusting staircase attached to nothing:

 

 Same staircase from above:

 

It seems to be from a house that may have been torn down when someone learned the truth about the zone it was in. The stair case goes down into this beautiful meadow:

 

Here’s part of an old stone wall just down from the stair case, also attached to nothing and surrounded by overgrown olive trees:

 

Close to the wall I found this wild bee hive, showing its definitely a place people don’t come to often...

 

Red tailed hawks that frequent the area were overhead as I walked...

 

Walking back across fault to Highland Street, I continued south to other areas the Google map showed the fault line going through. One prime area that it runs through is this little park:

 

According to the map, the fault goes through the green part of this park, right above the pond, probably right under these people who were picnicking. 

Here’s a picture from the street, showing the park to the bottom right and a line of houses to the left. The park runs all behind that row of houses and the grassy area, with the fault line in it, runs just above the lake below these houses for several blocks...

 

Perhaps worst of all is the houses another mile or two down the street where the fault crosses directly under about 20 of them. If you look at the map on satellite mode you can see it for yourself; http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html

 

They’ve got no parking signs, but it seems somebody forgot to post the “No Building” signs...

 

Build Your House on the Rock 

We live in perilous times. No matter where we live, disasters or problems could strike as we enter these end times. Now more than ever, we need to heed Christ's words of warning to prepare our souls for eternity. He is the solid Rock that we must build upon (1 Corinthians 10:4).

"Every one that hears these words of mine and doeth them is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house but it didn't fall, for it was founded upon the rock. 26 Everyone that hears my words and doesn't do them is like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house and it fell, and great was its fall." Matthew 7:24-27 

"Do not lay up treasures for yourselves on Earth, where moth and rust consume and thieves break in and steal. 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in or steal. 21 For where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also." Matthew 6:19-21


Bible verses revised from ASV.

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