When the San Andreas fault triggers a magnitude 9 earthquake, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) must navigate the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save his daughter.
Third movie with Carla Gugino and Dwayne Johnson starring together after Race to Witch Mountain (2009) and Faster (2010).
Some scenes were filmed in Bakersfield, California the largest a city in Kern County. (near 400,000 pop.)
Dwayne Johnson used to be a professional wrestler known as "The Rock". "The Rock" is also a nickname for Alcatraz prison, which sits on an island in San Francisco Bay. San Francisco is notorious for earthquakes, which is the natural disaster at the core of this movie.
The "Rock" is a nickname for Dwayne Johnson, for the movie location (Alcatraz), and also where the director is from. The island of Newfoundland (Canada) is known as the Rock.
Due to the Nepal earthquake, the film's marketing has been changed to help people know what to do in the case of a deadly earthquake. The people behind the film are also going to donate a very large proceed to help Nepal and the earthquake victims.
San Andreas is the name of the tectonic fault line that runs through most of California. Seismologists have been predicting for years that California is due for a massive earthquake caused by this particular fault.
Universal Studios Florida remodeled their "Earthquake" ride to make it a parody of movie effects. The ride is called Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride... Starring You! (2008) In it, riders participate in a movie called "Mutha Nature". At the end, everyone is rescued by Dwayne Johnson.
Although they play a father and daughter, there is only a 13 year age difference between Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario.
Notable earthquakes that have occurred on the San Andreas Fault include:
1857 Fort Tejon earthquake: About 217 miles (349 km) were ruptured in central and southern California. Though it is known as the Fort Tejon earthquake, the epicenter is thought to have been located far to the north, just south of Parkfield. Two deaths were reported. The magnitude was about 7.9.
1906 San Francisco earthquake: About 267 miles (430 km) were ruptured in Northern California. The epicenter was near San Francisco. At least 3000 people died in the earthquake and subsequent fires. The magnitude was estimated to be 7.8.
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: About 25 miles (40 km) were ruptured (although the rupture did not reach the surface) near Santa Cruz, California, causing 63 deaths and moderate damage in certain vulnerable locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moment magnitude was about 6.9. The earthquake also postponed Game 3 of the 1989 World Series at Candlestick Park. This quake occurred on October 17, 1989, at approximately 5:04 P.M. PDT.
2004 Parkfield earthquake: On September 28, 2004, at 10:15 A.M. PDT, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Parkfield area. It was felt across the state, including the San Francisco Bay Area.
Third film featuring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino (Faster & Race to Witch Mountain) Third third film featuring Matt Gerald and Dwayne Johnson (Faster & GI Joe 2) Second film featuring Carla Gugino and Matt Gerald (Faster) Second film to feature Dwayne Johnson Matt Gerald and Carla Gugino Second film to feature Dwayne Johnson and Janell Islas (Furious 7)
Marks the 2nd collaboration between director Brad Peyton and actor Dwayne Johnson. They previously worked together on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).
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