Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
165 min

I'm tired of being blamed

I've got so much to say

try and make it last forever

school is getting old

I'm sick of being told

of what to say

and what to do

it's getting hard to tell

I don't wear it well

never mind

it's just another day

just another day

it's getting hard to tell

I don't wear it well

never mind

it's just another day

just another day

where are we?



It's still climbing. 7.0.



Where's the epicenter?

Downtown Seattle!



Dr. Hill.

How big is it?

I'm on my way.


We haven't seen

activity like that

since Denali.

The Seattle Space

Needle is down.

S-waves are off the chart.

The structure,

designed to withstand

a 9.1 quake,

was toppled by the 7.9 quake...

Let me call you back.

That rocked Seattle

this morning

when a massive

underground gas pocket

ruptured 50 feet

below the street,

causing the ground supporting

the entire downtown area

to cave in.

Yeah, we've got a

lot of wires...

Everything from pacific

to the shoreline

has been blocked off

due to flooding.

Hikers are stranded

at Point Defiance Park,

and reports of

structural damage

to the Tacoma

Narrows Bridge...

Aftershock. 4.6.


We need to narrow

down that hypocenter.

Might take a while.

We're measuring several

active lateral skips.

Let's focus on the Gorda

and Juan de Fuca plates,

and if you get me

infrared numbers

in the next 30 minutes,

that'd be great.

Forget the Gorda plate.

The rupture zone

wasn't anywhere

near Lake Shasta.

The epicenter was about

162 miles east of us.

I'm betting the Ellensburg area.


This is local.

I've got subduction


from the north American plate.

Local faults were ruptured,

yes, but they were activated

by something deeper.

Trust me. Central Washington.

I found evidence of

several faults there

last may. Sub-asthenosphere.

Forget the hypocenter.

We're not going

to find a rupture

with the equipment we have.

Let's get some graphs

of the affected areas,

all right?

Thermo and infrared.

We're also looking for

interacting faults.

Someone call navstar.

We're going to need

satellite photos,


You got it.

Denver call yet?

We're still waiting on usgs.

Good, then we still

have some time

to narrow the rupture lock zone.

Could you get me the geo-lab

in central Washington?


What are you doing, Sam?

What do you mean?

I mean, what are you doing?

This is my operation.

You don't just come in

here and take over.

All right. What was your plan?

It's not about

who has a better plan.

It's about chain of command.

You work for me, remember?

Jordan, people want

answers right now.

And they're gonna get answers.

Come on, where are my thermos?

Let's go. Let's go.

Yes. We're on it.

Well, you're in a

world of hurt, Roy.

You're done, buddy. You're done.

Okay. Show me what you got.

Hang on to your

jock strap, Roy.


Playing for all the

marbles today, Roy?

Yeah. Is there any

other way to play?

You're down by two.

Clock's ticking.

What are you going to do, buddy?

I don't know, Paul.

What do you think

I'm going to do?

That's easy. You're

going for three.

You always go for the long

shot when you get desperate.

Who's desperate?

Yes, you are, Roy.

You're very desperate.

You're just trying to

get into my head again.

Trying? I've been in

your head since Harvard.

Just because we're

old roommates,

you think you got

me down, huh?

I own you.

Own this.

Three points.

I was right. You

were desperate.

You always go for

the long shot.

But I won.


You were lucky.

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