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Writer creates sci-fi series about Portland after the big quake

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After the Big One author Adam Rothstein (Photo credit: KPTV) After the Big One author Adam Rothstein (Photo credit: KPTV)

A Portland writer is making big waves with his five part sci-fi series about what would happen to Portland when the big earthquake hits.

And it's all quite chilling.  

The series, titled After the Big One, was picked up by Vice.

Author Adam Rothstein walks readers through a fictitious story based on his factual research. It begins right after a 9.0 earthquake hits 50 miles off of the coast of Newport.

The ground begins to move and buildings that make up Portland's skyline begin to crumble.  That's all to be expected after the big earthquake hits Portland, says Rothstein.

But, then he writes that a single massive landslide would be responsible for the vast majority of deaths.

“My intention is definitely not to panic people, but I think people should  be informed and I really hope that’s what happens,” said Rothstein. "I hope that people are able to walk away from this story with a much clearer picture in their mind of things that could potentially happen."

The Portland author says he's lived in the rose city for nearly a decade and he's always wondered what would happen to it when the big one hits.

So, he began researching and writing science fiction based on his findings.

“It just went live today, and I’ve heard that people are really into it and they are enjoying going through narrative,” said Rothstein.

The story goes on to say ground that was once solid turns to quicksand in minutes.  The Burnside Bridge is the only street drawbridge that does not collapse, but the roads to get on it will. Rothstein writes the same thing will happen to the Fremont and the Marquam bridges, leaving cars trapped above.

Fire then erupts in the story, when the Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub fails.

“I went digging and I found all of these reports talking about various scenarios, things that might happen to the electrical system, the water and sewer system, the petroleum pipelines and so forth, and I thought well this is great information, but it’s buried in dry government reports,” said Rothstein.

“So, I wanted to pull it all together and give it a form that people would be interested in, and follow it through, and trace a narrative and maybe see themselves in that narrative and then maybe be able to do something about it.”

The story goes on to a week and even a month after the fictitious quake.  Rothstein’s hope, is that his sci-fi take inspires people to plan for it all.

“I guess it remains to be seen whether or not people are able to take it in mind and do things on a daily basis to prepare themselves, and their homes and neighborhoods for any potential quake that happens,” said Rothstein.

To read the full five part series visit: http://motherboard.vice.com/after-the-big-one

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