10.5: Apocalypse

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10.5: Apocalypse (TV miniseries)
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Format Miniseries
Distributed by NBC & USA Network
Directed by John Lafia
Produced by Randi Richmond
Written by John Lafia
Starring Kim Delaney
David Cubitt
Dean Cain
Carlos Bernard
Frank Langella
Beau Bridges
Music by Henning Lohner
Cinematography David Loreman
Editing by Don Brochu
Martin Nicholson
Country United States
Language English
Release date May 21 and May 23, 2006
Running time 169 minutes
Preceded by 10.5

10.5: Apocalypse is a 2006 television miniseries written and directed by John Lafia. A sequel to 2004's 10.5, the film follows a series of catastrophic seismic disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and sinkholes, all triggered by an apocalyptic earthquake.


A magnitude 10.5 earthquake destroys Los Angeles, California and triggers a massive tsunami which capsizes a large cruise ship and causes massive damage to Honolulu, Hawaii. It turns out to be only the first of a series of seismic events, including the awakening of extinct volcanoes, sudden instability of aquifers, and awakening of ancient faults. The Hoover Dam in Boulder City, Nevada collapses when Lake Mead starts to heat up and expand beyond the spillway's capacity. Las Vegas, Nevada is then destroyed when acidic water undermines underground limestone, creating a massive sinkhole. The worst of the seismic events is a massive fault which has opened up under South Dakota, destroying Mount Rushmore in the process. The earthquake started in seattle, Washington started a magnitude 7.9. As the earthquake goes down the west coast, the earthquake increases its magnitude a the way down from Los angeles.

The geologists at the United States Geological Survey don't understand why seismic events that are very rare or impossible would be happening so rapidly, but Dr. Samantha Hill remembers that her father had once theorized that the Earth's tectonic plates would reach a point of maximum separation, at which point they would reverse direction. The theory also states that related seismic activity would be vastly accelerated during the initial period of reversal. However, Dr. Earl Hill had been ostracized by the USGS for that theory, and had abandoned geology to become a successful professional poker player. When Las Vegas sinks into the ground, he is caught in the casino of the (fictional) Atlas Hotel.

The second part of the miniseries begins with Dr. Hill's rescue from the ruins of the Atlas Hotel just before it is swallowed up completely. At the same time, a massive fault line forms in North Dakota, passing through South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. If it reaches Houston, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, as predicted, the Midwestern United States will be covered by a new ocean. A massive evacuation of the region is ordered, as an earthquake strikes Sedona, Arizona destroying the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the process. However, a nuclear plant in fictional Red Plains, Texas, is right in the fault's path. If it is destroyed, the entire area and hundreds of miles around will be contaminated by nuclear waste. This is not a true story. Japan was glad that they did not get hit by the 10.5. If Tokyo was in the 10.5 apocalypse the movie, Tokyo tower would collapse by an 8.9 earthquake. The magnitude was the same magnitude as it was from the march 11, 2011 earthquake that hited tokyo, yokohama, sendai and fukushima. The tsunami that occurred in the ocean nearly was a little weaker then the tsunami that hited Honolulu. The tsunami that hited tokyo and yokohama was nearly parts near the city shore was damaged. The other parts of tokyo and yokohama are not destroyed except some that are mostly really old buildings. Japan was having a tsunami warning to all of japan. The government of japan thought there was going to be an huge tsunami almost tall as a half sized apartment building. Nearly, the flood that was striking into tokyo and yokohama was about 4 feet tall water. Japan was announced from the United States president saying, that there was an huge earthquake that striked the whole entire west coast. They also told Japan that the earthquake in los angeles nearly was an huge earthquake that was a 10.5 earthquake. Japan was glad that they didn't get hit.

Dr. Earl Hill comes up with a desperate plan to divert the fault around the nuclear plant by opening up a secondary fault running east, by a controlled demolition which explosively ignites the massive natural gas reserves in the area. The main fault follows the new path around Red Plains, saving the nuclear plant. However, nothing can stop the fault altogether. Once again it turns south, slicing through the middle of Houston to reach the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, the northern half of the fault has reached Hudson Bay. When the waters rush into the fault, they create a new ocean which splits the United States and Canada in half.



10.5: Apocalypse began filming in Montreal, Canada in June 2005. A sequel to 10.5, the miniseries used much of the same staff, headed by returning executive producers Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe, and Gary Pearl. Director John Lafia, who also wrote script, decided to film the sequel using digital media, stating that it would allow the producers "to achieve a whole new level of visual effects and style that have heretofore not been seen on network television."[1]

The Sun Valley, Idaho scene was filmed at the Mont Tremblant Resort, a popular skiing resort north of the city. All of the news reporters that appeared on TV in the film are all local news reporters for various news stations in Montreal. The visual effects for the movie were created by visual effects company "Hybride", which is based in Piedmont, Quebec.[2]


  1. ^ "'10.5: Apocalypse' Begins Filming in Montreal'" (Press release). NBC, The Futon Critic. June 8, 2005. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hybride company information". Interdubs.com. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 

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