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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Series cast summary:
Kim Delaney ...  Dr. Samantha Hill 2 episodes, 2004
Fred Ward ...  Roy Nolan, FEMA Director 2 episodes, 2004
Ivan Sergei ...  Dr. Zack Nolan 2 episodes, 2004
Dulé Hill ...  Dr. Owen Hunter 2 episodes, 2004
Beau Bridges ...  President Paul Hollister 2 episodes, 2004
John Schneider ...  Clark Williams 2 episodes, 2004
Kaley Cuoco ...  Amanda Williams 2 episodes, 2004
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ...  Governor Carla Williams 2 episodes, 2004
David Cubitt ...  Dr. Jordan Fisher 2 episodes, 2004
Brian Markinson ...  Daniel, Hollister's Advisor 2 episodes, 2004
John Cassini ...  Sean Morris, Hollister's Aide 2 episodes, 2004
Kim Hawthorne ...  Jill Hunter 2 episodes, 2004
Jill Krop Jill Krop ...  Anchor #1 2 episodes, 2004
Marrett Green Marrett Green ...  Anchor #2 2 episodes, 2004
Dagmar Midcap Dagmar Midcap ...  Anchor #3 2 episodes, 2004
Marke Driesschen Marke Driesschen ...  Anchor #4 2 episodes, 2004
David Berner David Berner ...  Reporter #1 2 episodes, 2004
Claire Riley Claire Riley ...  Reporter #2 2 episodes, 2004
Linda Ko ...  Reporter #3 2 episodes, 2004
Johannah Newmarch ...  Journalist #1 2 episodes, 2004
Zahf Paroo ...  Journalist #2 2 episodes, 2004
Peter Benson ...  Journalist #3 2 episodes, 2004
Angela Moore ...  Journalist #4 2 episodes, 2004
Bobby Stewart Bobby Stewart ...  Drill Tech #1 2 episodes, 2004
Peter Shinkoda ...  Drill Tech #2 2 episodes, 2004
Gary Pearl Gary Pearl ...  Military Medic #1 2 episodes, 2004
Kyle Stein Kyle Stein ...  Military Medic #2 2 episodes, 2004
Craig March ...  Man #1 2 episodes, 2004
Sandra Ferens Sandra Ferens ...  Woman #1 2 episodes, 2004
Alf Humphreys ...  Family Father 2 episodes, 2004
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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 KGF Vissers

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The Greatest Quake in Human History threatens to Rock The World! See more »


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Release Date:

2 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

10.5: Apocalypse See more »


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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The filmmakers never received permission to use the trademarked name "Space Needle." In order to circumvent this, it is spelled "Spaceneedle" when it appears in the film. See more »


As the ground is splitting, it travels in a northerly direction. The water fills behind it. From the character's (and camera's) point of view toward the end, this is right to left, which means they should be on the island (right is south). The last time they show the characters, they "zoom out" to show them on the mainland. See more »


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Truly stunning in its intelligence-insulting ability...
20 December 2005 | by Rob_TaylorSee all my reviews

This isn't really worthy of a serious review, being just the worst kind of TV movie dreck that it is possible to conjure. Anybody that rated this higher than a 5 needs professional help at once. Instead, here's what this movie will teach really dumb people (the ones who rated it 5+)...

1. The best way to avoid a collapsing building in an earthquake is to ride a BMX bike directly away from, but in the fall line of, the said building. You should also resist the temptation to avoid being crushed to a pulp by the simple expedient of turning down a side street as that would imply rational thought on your part (and we all know BMX'ers have no brains).

2. Earthquakes will form cracks in the ground that will chase a train exactly along the route of its tracks, even going around corners in order to follow the track exactly. Or maybe the track actually held the faultline together....

3. The above-mentioned cracks are so smart that, once they have succeeded in catching and engulfing the train, they will immediately stop opening up at once, literally the moment the engine goes down into the abyss.

4. Everyone in an earthquake will have to overcome some kind of personal /familial/professional problem.

5. An entire town can be swallowed without the slightest trace remaining.

6. A full-grown man will succumb to poisonous fumes far more quickly than a woman half (or less) his body mass.

7. The answer to stopping earthquakes is to detonate multiple nuclear warheads beneath the surface of the earth in the conceit that it will fuse a faultline together.

8. Disaster control centres have map displays that depict nuclear explosions as tiny, superimposed balls of fire. I kid you not...

9. The careers of Beau Bridges and Fred Ward are at an end. No! Wait! This bit is actually a fact. I wonder how galling it is to poor old Beau that his father and brother are/were much more successful than he is/was/will ever be.

10. After the big quake is over, people will shuffle mindlessly forward in an unintentional parody of Day of the Dead.

In fact, there really is only one thing to redeem this movie (at least in some tiny way) and that is the miniature and CGI effects of destruction. They are pretty obviously what they are - mini or CGI - but they are by far the most interesting thing in this otherwise diabolically awful excuse of a film.

Elsewise all the film contains (Apart from the already mentioned points above) is awful shaky-cam footage (it makes it look more realistic you know!), ironing-board acting, ludicrous science-abuse, characters so stereotypical and clichéd that you wonder if they were available "off-the-shelf", terribly over-the-top melodramatic music which is actually laughably awful in most scenes and let's not forget the Hulk-like split-imaging which at times makes the whole thing look like the opening credits of Dallas!

Oh my! This is a real stinker! Avoid this like it was a real earthquake! Unless you want a huge, huge laugh at the dumbness of it all.

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