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The two-part miniseries opens up when a large quake strikes the Seattle area and brings down the Space Needle. Later a bigger quake devours a train and catches some suspicions from our resident Ignored Expert scientist Kim Delaney. She suspects the quakes are only going to get bigger and will eventually sink the entirety of the West Coast. She plans to counter said problem by detonating nukes at precise locations to stop the fault.
It spawned a second part titled 10.5:Apocalypse which took the audacity of the first movie and took it Up to Eleven.
Now say the mantra again and again until you finally regain your faith in humanity.
- Artistic License Geology: For one thing, it is literally impossible for there to be an earthquake with a magnitude of 10.5 on the Richter Scale, because there aren't any faults big enough.
- Deus Ex Nukina: In addition to their traditional roles as weapons of mass destruction, nuclear explosions can also apparently stop earthquakes. Who knew?
- Disaster Movie: In more than one way.
- Doomed Contrarian: As seen in the sunken casino scene in Apocalypse.
- Earthquakes Cause Fissures
- Nuke'Em: The government sets off a chain of nukes in an attempt to quell the quake, including one in what's alleged to be "Gilroy, California". No more Garlic Festival...
- One-Dimensional Thinking: A bicyclist is victim to this trope in the Seattle event.
- Up to Eleven: The second part does this to the premise of the first.