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"THE BIG ONE" HITS SAMSON, CALIFORNIA, CITY LEVELED

(red letters at the bottom of the screen)

CNN

7:25 AM Anchor Break-In
Morning Anchor Tod Friedman: I’’m sorry, Linda. I’m getting something in my earpiece. According to initial reports, a 9.2 Richter earthquake struck the City of California only a few minutes ago. Information is limited at this time, however as you know an earthquake of that magnitude is….rare…at least. You’ll understand our disorganization as we…

Morning weatherperson Linda Lee (offset) : “What is happening?”

“Yes, getting official confirmation now from sources on the scene. We go to one of them now, anchor Philip Smallwood, who’s been covering those very contentious zoning issue issues…Philip are you there?”

SNOW: (no video, map of Samson with the letters SAMSON DESTROYED BY EARTHQUAKE in blood-red scrolling at the bottom of the screen): (garbled) (sounds of screams, impacts) "…giant tremblor that is…(static overrides signal) ….at this point, no idea exactly how severe, but certainly…

(voices in background)

“Have we got video?”
“No video.”
“Somebody has to have something. Mike, give me your phone.”

SMALLWOOD: (static) …coming to the window, maybe not the wisest choice, to give a better description as we have no video….are we getting video?"

(signal cuts)

FRIEDMAN: (silence) “We seem to have lost contact with Philip. We hope he is safe, of course, in shelter…how many people live in Samson, Lisa?”

(Inaudible mumblings off-screen)

FRIEDMAN: "Something on the order of a million and a half. The famous city…the famous city known as the Starry City and winner of the last three superbowls in the Samson Coliseum, now, as far as we know, at least severely damaged by what we are being told is the proverbial ‘Big One,’ a 9.2…that can’t be right, Marta, get that checked…A 9.2, confirmed, earthquake that has struck one of the most beautiful cities…one of the most famous cities…

(offstage) Oh God.

(MAP DISPLAY ON SCREEN REPLACES ANCHOR, VIEWS OF VARIOUS FAMOUS SAMSON LANDMARKSTHE HALL OF JUSTICE, THE SAMSON REGATTA, THE HOTEL CROCKER)

FRIEDMAN; "Of course…of course at these times all news is fragmented, and we are being very careful to bring you only what we know as fact. But all of this seems to have happened only a few minutes ago…and…excuse me…yes, UCLA seismologists and multiple government sources say that this indeed has happened and has been followed by a…a tsunami, a wall of water say witnesses, that slammed back over the town after the earthquake. You know that after…after one of these events if they are by the sea there is a…

(voices offstage shouting, loud conversation, the word ‘video’ repeated often)

FRIEDMAN: “And aftershocks being felt in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, breaking windows and setting off car alarms. Stay with CNN for the latest on this emerging crisis, we’ll be back after this…ok, we are not going? Well, tell me if we are or we aren’t, I…ok, yes, we are keeping it here. The President is going to say a few words to the nation in a few minutes, we are told…Good god, can’t we reach anyone there?”

SUDDEN VIDEO CUT-IN: CITYSCAPE FROM THE TOP OF A SURVIVING BUILDING AT THE EDGE OF THE CITY. UTTER DEVASTATION. SOUNDS OF SCREAMS. SMOKE INTERRUPTS VIEW, EXTREMELY SHAKY VIEW, WHIRLS AROUND, CAPTURING VARIOUS SMOKING RUIN VISTAS

UNFAMILIAR VOICE: “Hearing the sound of helicopters now, among all the other noise, buildings still visibly falling down….many cars smashed or thrown around like toys…many…you see some there, rushing through the streets…there is no emergency presence as of yet, though I do hear sirens…we are still getting aftershocks….”

OTHER VOICE: “…off the rooftop?”

FIRST VOICE: “Many of our ears are ringing. We are hearing sirens now near and far….my God…you can see it..”

SOUND OF HELICOPTER PRECEDES VIEW OF BLACK HELICOPTER SWOOPING INTO VIEW AND OUT OVER THE CITY

“And who they are, we don’t know…hopefully some sort of rescue personnel though the black suits…does the army wear those, Steve? Hey Tod, Tod are you there?”

FRIEDMAN: (choking up) “Yes, who is this?”

FIRST VOICE: “Tod, the city is gone.”

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