An earthquake reaching a 10.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, strikes the west coast of the U.S. and Canada. A large portion of land falls into the ocean, and the situation is worsened by aftershocks and tsunami.
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The West coast of Northern America suffers an unprecedented series of major earthquakes in a matter of days, puzzling seismologists, including Dr. Jordan Fisher's team. His maverick assistant Samantha Hill comes up with a theory, which they confirm on site, that a deep tectonic rift links them and is likely to sink most of California into the Pacific. The only imaginable countermeasure are subterranean nuclear explosions. Three succeed, one rather causes a new problem. Meanwhile federal and other authorities as well as various people wrestle with side-effects like landslides and cope with a huge refugees exodus. Written by
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When Dr. Jordan Fisher is in the helicopter reporting water temperature changes at Lake Mead, he is giving figures over a hundred (indicating degrees Fahrenheit). Scientists, however, generally use the Celsius scale in which water boils at 100 degrees and cannot get hotter and remain liquid except under pressure. Furthermore, the lake surface is shown as already boiling, which, on the Fahrenheit scale, occurs at 212 degrees, not at the 95 - 107 degrees reported in the dialogue. It's wrong in either scale. See more »
Screenwriters must believe in the power of the atom. I've seen most of the disaster flicks, dating back to the 60s. I must be drawn to them because it's my long time home in Los Angeles that they always ruin. The result of these epics is seeing LA blown to bits. It's always a nuke to save LA, but it never works.
What about that computer screen showing the exact magnitude of the quakes as they happen. In REAL TIME! Did the writers ask how this is done in the real world?
This mini was a complete waste of my time and the producer's money. I simply cannot express just how bad the science was, or the acting, or the camera work. The very concept was flawed. "Let's blow up LA" has been done before.
Did a writer figure out there are interconnecting "Super Faults", 700 miles deep under the west coast? Is this how it started? Well, that's how it ended.
By the third hour of this yawner, I wanted push the buttons on those five devices and atomize this whole mess.
Did they think we would be so gullible to actually suspend our disbelief for four hours? HA!
I gave it g/naout of 10,000, simply because there was no "zero" option.
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