College Physics 2.8 – Movement of the Land near the San Andreas Fault

Land west of the San Andreas fault in southern California is moving at an average velocity of about 6 cm/y northwest relative to land east of the fault. Los Angeles is west of the fault and may thus someday be at the same latitude as San Francisco, which is east of the fault. How far in the future will this occur if the displacement to be made is 590 km northwest, assuming the motion remains constant?


\Delta t=\frac{5.90 \times 10^{5}\ m}{6\ cm/year}\times \frac{100\ cm}{1\ m}= 9.83 \times 10^{6}\ years

Therefore, it will take about 9.83 million years.