Recently, I was looking at articles on line relative to the Salton Sea. In the 1940's and 1950's, it was considered to be an up and coming tourist destination. Unfortunately, the salinity was so increased by irrigation run off that it is now twenty five per cent saltier than the ocean. It is pretty much a dead sea now. Most fish have died with exception of an African Tilapia species. Looking at elevations, I realized that it is only a slight rise in elevation that separates the Imperial Valley and then the Coachella Valley from the ocean. This is the higher land around Calexico and Mexicali. They are just about three feet above sea level. Also, unfortunately this is exactly the location of the San Andreas fault system. If that fault moved enough to fracture the dike, sea water would flood in from the Sea of Cortez and flood the lower lands. While we might be able to staunch the flow on the surface, that fault goes deep into the earth, and water seeks its own level. Steam however, goes where ever it can. We could see steam geysers sprouting up all along the fault. The Imperial Valley and parts of the Coachella Valley would become one large, endorheic inland sea. This is the area where a good deal of our vegetables are grown. It would resemble the Aral Sea as it was before it was dried up by the Soviets. It would be saltier though. Looking at elevations, we can see just about where it would be. Mexicali/Calexico +3 El Centro -39 Holtville -10 Imperial -59 Breawley -112 Calipatria -180 Salton Sea -226 Oasis -141 Mecca -180 Thermal -138 Coachella -66 La Quinta -56 Indio -13 Palm Desert +220 Bermuda Dunes +95 Let's hope and pray we don't see the big one. Am I silly for wondering about this? Did anyone know that an earthquake in Indonesia would cause such a tsunami? Who would thought that a quake off the Japanese coast would cause such a disaster? This is something to think about when buying real estate or making large investments.