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.
When a discredited L.A. Seismologist warns of an impending 12.7 earthquake, no one takes her seriously. Now on her own, she races desperately to get her family to safety before the earthquake breaks Los Angeles apart from the mainland.
Suddenly the US east coast is hit by a type of natural disaster formerly reserved, except after a major earthquake, for the Pacific and Indian ocean rims: tidal waves of the destructive ... See full summary »
Louis Philippe Dandenault
New York, the city that never sleeps, is trapped in a nightmare of horror and destruction when a massive earthquake rocks the unsuspecting city. Countless lives are lost, families are torn apart, and chaos runs rampant as the mayor and former Fire Chief race to enact a city-wide emergency plan. An incredible story of undying courage in the face of unimaginable human tragedy.Written by
Frederick Weller is the cousin of actor Peter Weller. See more »
Early in the movie a geologist is on the phone with city officials describing the first quake, he can clearly be heard using the term "trembler" which apt as it may sound is not the correct term for seismic activity. He meant "temblor". Later another geologist describes the foreshock as an event that geologist's call an "amplitude". Amplitude is a measure of wave magnitude and is not used in that sense, in fact it would be a meaningless description without quantification of some sort. See more »
Credits end with this statement: Natural disasters do happen and everyone is at risk. Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your family by visiting the web site for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. www.fema.gov See more »
Originally broadcast on CBS in 1999, one shot is removed from the video version that was on television. On CBS, after Danny opens the door and finds that the rest of the school has been demolished. We see a close up shot of him and then he closes the door and weakly slumps to the floor. In the video version after he opens the door, we see his face close up and then it cuts to the next scene. The reason for this is because the movie aired in two parts on television and when he slumps down the screen reads "TO BE CONTINUED" See more »
This is an excellent movie for someone who has never experienced an earthquake; as we all know one does not last for 15 minutes. If a 15 minute earthquake would have struck New York, it would be in total ruin and not have buildings standing. The movie also failed to touch on the happenings of the other boroughs, Bronx and Staten Island. The acting and cast is well played and very believable. I will see this movie again though and do recommend it to others.
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