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  • The following is a fictionalized scenario, though many scientists agree that it is not

  • only possible- but inevitable.

  • And most expect it to happen very soon.

  • It's a quiet Valentine's day morning in 2021.

  • For a month and a half the world's been grateful that the dreadfulness of 2020 is finally over,

  • but it seems disaster has one last gasp.

  • A hundred miles off the North American northwest coast, two continental plates are stuck in

  • a million year old shoving match.

  • The Juan De Fuca oceanic plate and the North American continental plate have been drifting

  • in opposite directions for much longer than humanity has been around, with the Juan De

  • Fuca plate being forced under the massive North American plate.

  • The process hasn't been smooth though, and the two plates have been 'stuck' in place

  • for a very long time, the massive forces acting on the Cascadia Subduction Zone creating a

  • noticeable bulge in the crust of the earth.

  • At 8:03 AM, eighty miles of the Juan De Fuca plate finally buckle from the incredible strain,

  • slipping under the North American plate.

  • In an instant, the bulge flattens, and energy equivalent to the total output of the entire

  • planet in one year is released.

  • Mere milliseconds after the collapse, the entire Pacific Northwest coast, from British

  • Columbia to northern California begins to shake.

  • The foreshock alone measures at a whopping magnitude 6, rattling commuters just now driving

  • to work all across the pacific coast of north america.

  • Even as far south as Los Angeles homes are rattled, pictures falling off the walls.

  • But the nightmare has only just begun.

  • The shaking very quickly intensifies dramatically, and suddenly buildings and bridges are swaying

  • several feet in the air, pushing their earthquake tolerances to the absolute limit.

  • Smart government regulation has mandated for decades that American and Canadian high rise

  • buildings and bridges both be built to withstand large quakes, and despite their appearance

  • even the largest skyscrapers are surprisingly resistant.

  • But no skyscraper, and no city on earth, has ever faced the wrath of a magnitude 10 earthquake.

  • The shaking is so severe, that the tops of skyscrapers are now swaying over three feet

  • in the opposite direction of their bases, causing a 6 foot offset.

  • This is too much for many of even the most modern, and earthquake-proof buildings, and

  • internal support columns begin to crack under the incredible strain.

  • Inside of high rise offices and apartment buildings, people are thrown across rooms,

  • then violently tossed back in the opposite direction from the awesome force of the mighty

  • shaking.

  • Water pipes feeding fire suppression systems burst, flooding the inside of buildings.

  • After the first thirty seconds, some of the interior walls begin to crumble, exposing

  • dangerous live wires to the water streaming out of burst pipes- thousands are electrocuted.

  • Incredible as it seems, there are still four and a half minutes left of shaking to go.

  • Plate glass windows, built to resist hurricane force winds and tremendous impacts, shatter

  • from the strain of twisting and swaying in their frames as the building dances back and

  • forth around them.

  • People are hurled out of now open windows and to the streets below, those running for

  • their lives on city streets are showered with guillotine blade sized chunks of glass and

  • falling people alike.

  • On bridges across the American northwest, cars are violently thrown to and fro.

  • Panicking drivers either try to speed off the wildly swaying bridges or slam their brakes

  • in terror.

  • This causes a massive traffic jam, trapping motorists on the dangerously swaying bridges.

  • Many flee their vehicles on foot, crawling over stuck vehicles and doing their best to

  • not be thrown off the bridge by the violent swaying- but after forty five seconds of violent

  • shaking, it's finally too much.

  • The structural tolerances of bridges all across cascadia are exceeded, and one by one bridges

  • collapse, plunging thousands to their deaths.

  • Rail lines are severed all across the region, causing trains to derail and plow into surrounding

  • buildings.

  • Passengers and cargo are spilled all over cities and the wilderness, causing many more

  • deaths- along with a massive environmental disaster as millions of tons of industrial

  • chemicals and wastes are spilled across some of the most pristine forest in North America.

  • Massive fires erupt as oil and gas being shipped by rail freight is spilled in train disaster

  • after disaster.

  • Now the Pacific Northwest is not only shaking, it's burning.

  • Back in the cities, people flee the violently swaying buildings, but they find no safety

  • on the streets.

  • Falling glass and masonry slices and crushes people running for their lives, and as gas

  • mains are severed massive explosions rock cities in the affected area.

  • Raw sewage floods city streets, sinkholes begin to emerge and swallow people by the

  • dozens.

  • At a minute and a half of shaking, all but the sturdiest skyscrapers begin to crumble.

  • There are still three and a half minutes left.

  • Powerful waves of energy deep beneath the earth combine with the normal shaking caused

  • by the massive earthquake to create a unique scenario in the ground above it.

  • The soil itself seems to liquefy, shaken so violently that it becomes almost like quicksand.

  • While most skyscrapers have survived up to this point, this is the final nail in the

  • coffin.

  • Buildings weighing millions of tons suddenly sink several feet into the ground, losing

  • their firm foundations and now shaking uncontrollably.

  • The center support columns vital to keeping skyscrapers aloft snap like toothpicks, and

  • almost as if caught in a controlled demolition, skyscraper after skyscraper seems to collapse

  • inwards.

  • Masonry the size of boulders rains down across city blocks, burying anybody caught out in

  • the open.

  • Those stuck inside the collapsing buildings have almost no chance of survival- though

  • a few of those who took shelter in basements and parking garages become entombed by the

  • falling debris.

  • Incredibly, the earth continues to shake at such violent magnitude for another three minutes.

  • The full five minutes of constant shaking is enough to bring down nearly every structure

  • over four stories all across the North American northwest.

  • The cities of Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Spokane, Tacoma, and Boise, along with a few

  • others, are almost completely leveled.

  • It is devastation on a scale humanity has not seen since the end of the second world

  • war, entire cities once full of over half a million people, have nearly disappeared

  • in a haze of dust and smoke.

  • Iconic landmarks such as Seattle's space needle are gone, brought low by the worst earthquake

  • humanity has ever endured.

  • Massive fires have broken out, and from space it appears as if almost the entire region

  • of Cascadia is in flames.

  • However, fire will very soon be the least of the survivor's concerns.

  • Less than a minute after the shaking finally stops, it finally arrives- the most devastating

  • tsunami in recorded history.

  • The incoming tsunami is so massive, that entire ports all along the coast are emptied of water

  • just before its arrival.

  • Many recognize this portent of impending doom from videos of the infamous tsunamis in southeast

  • asia and Japan, and begin to flee for their lives.

  • Others stare dumbfounded as marine life flops and gasps for breath where just moments ago

  • they were swimming in water up to thirty feet deep.

  • The fish don't have to wait long for the water to return.

  • Racing at 1,000 miles per hour, the tsunami towers 200 feet in the air, or almost 80 feet

  • higher than the 2011 Japanese tsunami that devastated the country.

  • Survivors of the violent shaking scramble to get to rooftops all across the North American

  • coast, but there are few buildings tall enough to save them- the incoming wave measures nearly

  • 14 stories tall, and as it finally breaks on land, it washes right over coastal infrastructure,

  • crushing thousands under the pounding waves.

  • The real devastation however comes not from the height of the tsunami wave, but the incredible

  • power behind it.

  • Entire buildings are ripped from their foundations and carried along with the wave, as the waters

  • push an incredible half-mile inland in most places.

  • Anything still standing in coastal cities is now under assault by a battering ram of

  • trillions of tons of water and debris- and for most surviving buildings it's too much.

  • Skyscrapers that miraculously survived the shaking are brought low by the battering ram

  • effect of the crashing waves.

  • The wave takes almost half a day to begin to wash back out to sea- by which time a tsunami

  • wave sent towards Asia finally makes landfall in Japan and China's coast.

  • Hawaii has long since been inundated, though thanks to the warning actual fatalities are

  • almost zero.

  • Devastation reminiscent of the 2011 Japanese tsunami wreaks havoc as far south as Vietnam.

  • Back in North America, rescue efforts by the US military begin almost immediately after

  • the start of the disaster, but there are few to save.

  • By the time the waters finally recede, any survivors of the earthquake who had taken

  • refuge in basements or car garages have been drowned.

  • Others further inland and ahead of the waves may have as little as days left to live before

  • breathable air runs out.

  • With thousands of collapsed buildings to search in each affected city, and dozens of major

  • population centers affected, there's simply not enough rescue personnel in the US and

  • Canada to save most of those trapped.

  • Sea levels return to their normal state after a day, but the fires take two weeks to put

  • out.

  • So much smoke has been created by the burning cities that smog spreads as far east as Detroit.

  • When the smoke and fire finally clears, the North American Pacific Northwest looks like

  • a world war has been waged there.

  • Cities have been turned to rubble and ash, but the pristine forests and pride of Cascadia

  • have burned out of control for half a month.

  • Untold millions of acres have been reduced to glowing embers, the damage shockingly visible

  • from space and appearing like a massive, gray scar on the North American continent.

  • The final death toll is in the millions, and will only climb as disease and starvation

  • begins to take its toll on an entire region who's infrastructure has been completely devastated.

  • To make matters worse, a resurgent winter brings its icy chill down on the area, and

  • many survivors freeze to death for a lack of proper heating.

  • The US military pours its massive resources into humanitarian efforts in cities on both

  • the American and Canadian side of the border, bolstered by a huge global response to this

  • unprecedented disaster.

  • Even countries normally at odds with the United States send aid, Chinese and Russian search

  • and rescue personnel working alongside US and Canadian personnel.

  • Much like in the Christmas tsunami of Southeast Asia and the Japanese 2011 tsunami, the world

  • has been united by tragedy, but the affected area is simply too large- there are too many

  • victims and not enough aid.

  • The earthquake's death toll will continue well into summer as starvation and disease

  • plagues those who lived through the most destructive earthquake in world history.

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