The Los Angeles Earthquake was a 10.9 magnitude earthquake, which, presumably killed everyone in the area, except the Curtis family and Gordon Silberman.

It was the first major catastrophe to occur during the 2012 apocalypse. The earthquake started violently as Kate , Noah, Lilly, and Gordon were having breakfast and watching the government press conference. Jackson rescued his family out of the house and drove through the crumbling city of Los Angeles, with the surface ground crumbling and collapsing into Earth's Crust. The Curtis family and Gordon escaped on a private plane just as the earthquake started taking its full toll.

In the end, the remaining pieces of the ruined lands of California sank into the Pacific Ocean.

History

Background

Small Earthquake at the Morning

Days earlier, through the morning at Jackson's house (which is possibly located in western Los Angeles), Jackson woke up after a small earthquake briefly hit Los Angeles. Hurriedly, he gets up and recieves a call from Kate to pick up Noah and Lilly for a picnic at Yellowstone. Jackson started his SUV, unfortunately, his SUV didn't start up so he moved to his limo and used it to pick up Noah and Lilly. After he began driving, some people outside saw the cracked road although the house and the building were not affected and damaged. Jackson heard the radio broadcast while he was driving. Lisa and Randy said that they were talking about the minor quakes and little surface cracks.

Large Crack at the Supermarket

A few nights in Los Angeles before the apocalypse began, Kate and Gordon were shopping at the supermarket. Suddenly, another crack, which was larger than the previous one, reached the supermarket which is from the parking area shaking parked cars, causing alarms. Although someone inside didn't notice the cracks, Kate and Gordon were still talking about their relationship. Meanwhile, the crack had reached inside the supermarket and everyone began to realise about the crack. Kate sees the cereal boxes were shaking but Gordon still continued to talk about his relationship. Then the crack began to approach them, causing the earthquake to make the floor split and collapse. Kate and Gordon grab onto some poles to avoid falling down.

On the next day, Jackson along with Noah and Lilly who were still in Yellowstone, are in a small store to buy a cure of mosquito bites for Lilly. While the cashier finds the cure, Lilly watched her teacher at the TV and Jackson watched that the earthquake created a crack in the supermarket. Noah gets a call from Kate that she wants Noah and Lilly to come home.

Morning before the Massive Earthquake strikes

On December 21st, 2012, (though in midsummer on the regular Gregorian Calendar) the day started out as normal as it was very sunny. By that time, the population (those who were chosen to board the Ark Project) of the whole state of California was evacuated by President Thomas Wilson's orders. Shortly after the Ark evacuation of California, seismic activity begins to occur in California a little bit.

At the early morning, Jackson and his children were heading home, while Jackson also heard that Caltech has released surface tension. The radio news announcer said that life in the city will soon return to normal. After he arrived at the Curtis Household, he got a call from Yuri, Jackson told Yuri that he finished his vacation at Yellowstone and Yuri replied saying that is good. Yuri ordered Jackson to pick up Alec and Oleg to Santa Monica Airport as fast as he can.

He soon arrived at the luxury French hotel to pick up Alec and Oleg. Then, he arrived at Santa Monica Airport and meets Sasha. After Jackson drops Yuri's twin sons to the airport, he overheard them that they were going to the arks and they will live and he will die which makes Sasha angry at Alec and Oleg. Jackson realised that they were right and he heard Charlie Frost on the radio saying that the Los Angeles government's authority wasn't worried about the apocalypse and states that he loves to see their dark faces when the whole state of California, starting from Malibu and Beverly Hills, gets sunk into the Pacific Ocean. He also said that people will be confused about finding a way to plug their electric cars and Charlie laughed on the radio, which made Jackson realise that the apocalypse is beginning after a small earthquake shook again and he saw a small crack appear below his car. He rented a plane by giving his watch to a pilot who owned a Western Spirit plane and he goes back to the Curtis' House to get his family after he witnessing Sasha's plane took off.

In the Curtis' Household, the family were having breakfast and are listening to the government's press conference who states that the seismic activity been zero. Jackson called Kate and warned her about California going down at any moment, including to get the family out, but Kate thinks that Jackson was talking crazy and hanged up on him.

The Massive Earthquake Strikes

At the time, Jackson got to the household, the earthquake had begun after the government spokesperson said that it seemed the worst was over. The entire ground was shaking and everything in the building started to shake and crumble, even the live television broadcast was affected and interrupted as the spokesperson and pieces of light equipment in the government's press conference fell down.

Jackson soon arrived and ordered Kate, Gordon, and his children to move. However, Kate said that she thinks it's safe to hide below the table. Jackson said that he brought his limo so Kate, Noah, Lilly and Gordon escape the house with him. After they quickly exited the house and entered Jackson's limo, Lilly panicked about her hat which she left behind as the house collapsed and crumbled into Earth's crust. Jackson saw the ground beginning to crumble just in front of him and started his limo's engine. Kate quickly picked Lily and put her inside the car, but Kate never reminded Lilly to close the door, leaving Jackson's door being swiped off by a garbage bin. When Jackson reversed his limo, his limo hits Gordon's Porsche and his Porsche falls into Earth's crust.

Jackson apologized to Gordon for this and drove through the household area, as the houses and the ground began crumbling and the cars along with the ground falling into Earth's crust. After Kate realized that the ground is erupting and was crumbling just behind them, Kate forced Jackson to speed the limo quickly as the earthquake continued to shake California, and the ground has erupted up and crumbled into the Earth's crust. They witnessed terrified civilians running for their lives, trying any way to escape the gigantic crack. Suddenly, an old people's car slowly driving appears in front of them, causing the family to yell at the people to get out of their way and move it, but the elderly women didn't hear them and didn't know that the ground was crumbling just behind them. She told her friend who sits beside her to hold the eggs (unaware of the massive fracture behind them). Meanwhile, Jackson drove left into the sidewalk and almost crashed into a tree. Kate and Lilly watch the small ground crumble and erupted just nearly in front of an old car, causing the women to panic and crash into it suddenly which killed them.

As they pass through the household area after they jumped the crumbling road, they saw buildings beginning to crumble and collapse, and signs were falling as the ground was unstable due to the continuous earthquake as it became stronger. Jackson's limo got covered by fecal sludge because of a burst sewage pipe which was in front of them, and Jackson wiped the front window. After that, they were nearly hit by the Randy's Donuts sign which hits a police car. Jackson told Gordon that they'll be going to Santa Monica Airport, which Gordon replied saying that Jackson should take the freeway in order to save time for escaping Los Angeles. As they drive to Santa Monica Airport, the freeway bridge started to collapse slowly under the immense shaking of the earthquake which caused traffic on the freeway bridge to stop, and the buildings began collapsing slowly as the glassed windows fell down under the immense shaking.

As they reached the freeway to get to the airport, the freeway bridge began to collapse. A truck carrying cement was going too fast to stop, then it tumbled off from the bridge and blocked the freeway which almost hit Jackson's limo and crashed into a gas station, filled with cars and some people still on there to refuel, setting it ablaze. After that, a car park and the freeway's bridge crumbled quickly to the ground as the surface deformed underneath the parking structure, which sent parked cars falling off and many people into the road, narrowly avoiding Jackson's limo. They also narrowly avoid falling into a crack which the ground in front of them crumbled into the Earth's crust. Jackson's limo was almost crushed by the collapsing freeway's bridge but they managed to get to the other side. Then, they faced the US Bank Tower which was crumbling to the ground. Jackson, despite Noah, Lilly, Kate, and Gordon telling him not to go through the building, heads, and drives straight through the building and narrowly got out before they were crushed.

Earthquake Report

Back in Washington DC, Adrian Helmsley got informed by Scotty and Professor Frederick West that the guys at Harvard had upgraded the Los Angeles Earthquake to a 10.9 magnitude. Caltech said that the city of Pasadena was wiped out a few minutes after the earthquake began, then Coachella Tree, Joshua Tree and Point Reyes had a huge canyon. Adrian and Professor West realised that the entire San Andreas Fault is shifting at the same time due to the earthquake which is also causing the whole Pacific Plate to destabilize reported by Professor West.

The City slides into the Pacific Ocean

After narrowly escaping death from collapsing buildings and the earthquake still continuing to shake, the Curtis family and Gordon arrived at Santa Monica Airport with their limo which has been severely damaged and smoking. Jackson saw that the pilot, who was rented by him, has been killed due to the pilot suffering many injuries on his head when he finished refueling the plane. Kate asked Gordon to fly the Western Spirit, but Gordon said that he had only a couple of flying lessons to fly a single-engine plane. Gordon grumbled to Jackson because the Western Spirit had multiple engines and he isn't modest about that plane. Despite that, Gordon started the plane engine and Kate and her children got inside the plane. Kate told Jackson to enter the plane immediately while Jackson picked up his bag, abandoning his destroyed limo.

As they prepare to flee from the airport, the huge crack from the earthquake began crumbling the household area. This caused the ground, along with the houses and cars, to fall down into the Earth's crust. The crack began reaching the Santa Monica Airport's runway from the south direction (which possibly is the San Andreas Fault or Major Sister Fault). With the crack just nearly ahead to the plane, Gordon was reading an instruction book to find the Temperature and Pressure as he didn't have the experience. When Kate saw the crack is coming near them, she forced Gordon to start the plane immediately as the crack continued to nearly reach them. As they begin for take off, the plane began to fly in 80 knots speed although 85 knots was good for takeoff. After the plane took off from the ground, the crack has opened and the surface has risen higher, causing the plane to almost fall down as the earthquake still continued to shake the surface.

They narrowly avoided a falling freeway bridge which contained many vehicles falling down with some people on it panicking to survive, and another crumbling ground which rotated with few vehicles still there, along with damaged buildings fell into the Earth's crust. They also avoided more crumbling grounds with few police cars and many vehicles were still on the collapsed ground. Many people panicked to survive outside and were almost hit by the flying plane. Noah and Lilly also watch in horror another crumbling ground with a public bus stop falling and people are screaming, with one person being hit by a falling car which caused him to fall into the Earth's crust. Damaged buildings from the large crack were still collapsing and falling down. The group watched a still operating subway train that contained full of passengers fell down after the collapsing underground opened and crashing into an oil refinery, setting it ablaze. This killed all the passengers and shocks the family. They also faced collapsing skyscrapers, with two skyscrapers collapsing with many people still inside the skyscraper struggling to avoid falling down. Shortly, they narrowly avoid getting hit by the falling skyscrapers.

After they successfully escaped, the family are horrified to see that Los Angeles now had a large canyon created by the continuous earthquake. Los Angeles tore into two after being cracked as the earthquake almost stopped. Skyscrapers still continued to collapse and in the highway, many cars had to stop before they fell into the canyon. With one standing piece of the Earth's crust, standing between the crack, had a road with some cars on it. Police cars and public buses stopped after the ground tore apart.

Jackson began to explain everything about the apocalypse from Charlie Frost to Kate and the family and how they are going to survive by boarding the Arks. Gordon saw that the entire city is starting to sink into the Pacific Ocean and informed Jackson, Kate, Noah, and Lilly to take a look. The five saw that the western Los Angeles is beginning to sink into the Pacific Ocean. The group flew off as the state of California begins to slide into the Pacific.

Casualties from the effects of the Earthquake

Places destroyed in the Earthquake

Notes

  • Jackson's limousine was destroyed off-screen. Since the engine overheated boarding the private plane, it is extremely likely that the limousine's engine exploded when the runway collapses, therefore burning the limousine while it falls.
  • It is unclear whether or not California along with the rest of America is recreated when North America rose.
  • Presumably the Curtis Family, Gordon Silberman, Alec, and Oleg Karpov, Sasha were the only known survivors of the Los Angeles Earthquake. Although it is possible that others survived if they managed to get on an airplane or flee the city earlier.
    • However, Alec, Oleg, and Sasha fled the city earlier by plane before the earthquake began.
  • If a 10.9 earthquake happened it would be felt across the world and could see up to 100 million deaths

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