The Yellowstone Conundrum (Is This It? Book 1)
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The Yellowstone Caldera, the most dangerous hot-spot on the surface of the earth, erupts with a series of 11.2 earthquakes and spews volcanic ash high into the atmosphere. Six hundred miles away a 9.45 quake under Puget Sound causes massive destruction to Seattle as a tsunami strikes and destroys most of the waterfront.
The Fort Peck Dam in Montana on the Missouri River fails as does the Jackson Dam on the Snake River. The power grid in the Western United States quickly disintegrates, with utility companies fending for themselves. Power outages reach the East Coast.
The Yellowstone Conundrum is a page-turning novel with readers following eight characters as they scramble out of harm's way on Day One; everyday people put into extraordinary situations, with the President of the United States and his cabinet scrambling in the background to find how to escape from lose-lose scenarios.
The Columbia Generating Plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation suffers great damage and begins a meltdown. Bridges in Portland collapse. Infrastructure in the NW is severely damaged and thousands are killed; Salt Lake City, Boise, Denver and every city, town and village in the Pacific Northwest are affected.
The massive Death Cloud from the Yellowstone explosion sends volcanic ash into the jet stream, which then begins to carry the heavy ash south across Wyoming, over Denver until it catches up with a low pressure system advancing across Texas.
Follow army vet Ray Spaulding as he survives the crash of a WSDOT ferry in the tsunami, then manages to save, then lead a handful of everyday people who rally together to save the Seattle Public Library from destruction by gangs.
University of Washington professor Denny Cain and student Karen Bagley vow to get out of Seattle, only to find themselves in a firefight as the local Seattle gangs attempt to claim the night.
Skier Penny Armstrong fights her inner demons by skiing north toward Billings in an attempt to avoid the Death Cloud.
Long-distance trucker Cameron Hedges is forced to step out of character as he first rescues Betsy Jamison, then convinces an entire town to move out of harm's way.
Robert and Nancy O'Brien, both up-and-coming managers within the Department of the Interior are separated by their jobs, then by the earthquake and explosion.
The President of the United States must deal with his own Kobayoshi Maru, with a series of impossible lose-lose scenarios as the power grid in the United States collapses.
Moved out into the dry prairie lands of eastern Colorado; then the NE corner of New Mexico, the panhandle of Oklahoma, and now into Texas. From Atlanta, the nation’s weatherman was on the center screen. “Charley, can you show me the jet stream again, please,” the President asked. “Yes, sir.“ It was a classic winter pattern. In the Pacific the jet stream had split into Artic and sub-tropical paths; the southern stream crossing Mexico, Arizona, southern New Mexico and into Texas where it met.
The Oklahoma border will see ash deposits enough to cover cities; completely cover cities in feet, yards, meters, probably deeper. I really have no idea what the deposits will look like from Dallas eastward. We will work on an analysis, sir.” “What would you recommend?” the President asked. Spann paused before giving a deadpan answer. “Florida is nice in the wintertime, so is Arizona. On the other hand, Minneapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago—they’re not going to get much ash.
It all of a sudden became very dark; darker than a witch’s tit, darker than; well, darker than dark. “We don’t have long, Cameron,” she warned. “We aren’t going to be able to see our hand in front of our face.” Cam knew what to do. He jumped out of the cab and onto his “trailer”, released the lock so that it would receive the ball joint of the RV. Unlike having to install a hitch, the PeterBilt was always ready. Cam backed into position then activated the raisers on the RV so that the ball.
Union Bay, Montlake Cut, University of Washington along top of photo. Permission granted by Walter Seigmund, Wikipedia Commons. The tsunami wave overtopped the marina in one giant leap, then smashed the piers, bounced, crossed the highway, and with a whoosh landed on Alaskan Way, bounced forty feet into the air and continued straight through the artificial canyons of roads and streets, wrecking the first floor of every building in its path. Five blocks to the south, the Wenatchee crossed two.
4 miles south of the center of Cody proper and a mile south of Yellowstone Regional Airport on state route 120 at an elevation of 5,396 feet. The station was approximately ninety miles due east of the epicenter of the 11.2 magnitude earthquake. The airport at Cody along with all of the hotels and eateries had been flattened then shaken and stirred at 7:20. Laurie’s daddy had been killed instantly when the roof of the NOAA structure collapsed; Laurie being saved by her father’s intuition to tuck.