Lawrence Hayes is a seismologist and colleague of Kim.
He is played by Paul Giamatti.
San Andreas Edit
Lawrence and Kim are at the Hoover Dam testing out a model that predicts earthquakes when an unknown fault nearby ruptures, triggering a massive earthquake which destroys the dam, killing Kim. This greatly upsets Lawrence, and he is determined to continue with their project.
He learns that the San Andreas fault has become unstable, and it causes an 8.5 magnitude earthquake that rocks California.
Later, Lawrence and his colleagues break into a news broadcasting facility, and he issues a warning to the people of San Francisco. He
tells them the earthquakes are not over, and they need to get out. He also says that the shaking will be felt on the east coast.
After the earthquake is over, Lawrence's seismographs have recorded it as a 9.6, the biggest earthquake ever in history.
"Stay behind the barrier!"
"Okay, who wants an A in independence study? I'm starting a new class. How to save lives by hacking media outlets."
"The earth will literally crack and you will feel it on the east coast."
"I hope we've given everyone enough warning."