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February 13, 2015
“WHAT HAPPENED here?”

— “Will happen.”

“OK, will happen.”

— “A natural cataclysm, I’d say. See these formations? Here, here, and here?”

“Yeah.”

— “Hold on; Jerry, can you tie in radiological, please? Thanks. OK. No, negative. Stand by. Sorry, Senator.”

“So…”

— “What we see here is evidence of a massive, uh, megathrust earthquake, with this region as hypocenter. I’m not a seismologist, so please bear with me.”

“Well, get one!”

— “We wired Dan Fielding. He’s reviewing preliminaries at Caltech and will be on the next train East. He’s due Tuesday.”

“Isn’t there anyone nearer? For God’s sake, that’s New Amsterdam!”