This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’ And I’ll look down, and whisper ‘no.’
-Rorschach

February 14, 2014 -11:06am EST
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“We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you Breaking News!

“Ladies and Gentlemen, there has been a terrible disaster at the World Science Expo, on the very day it was to have begun. Reports are just beginning to come into our offices here, but what we can tell you, is that a terrible accident has set off a series of explosions, sending debris and smoke into the air.”
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Camera footage flips to the image of a building burning.

“Just minutes before WSE founder and the CEO of Reverse Dynamics, billionaire philanthropist Gabriel Price was to begin the opening ceremonies for what was lauded as the world’s largest and most important Science and Technology showcase, there was an explosion that ripped through the Hudson City Convention Centre.”

February 14, 2014 -11:08am EST –WTRA 790AM Radio –Talk Radio America

Vince Treguno: “You heard me Phil, something seriously fucked up has just happened at the WSE! We were just on our way there and caught in traffic and the whole –fucking sky lit up like the fourth of July!

“There’s smoke and ash already falling down and a friggin mushroom cloud the size of…o-of I don’t know what! We’re under attack here! We’re fucking under attack again! It’s fucking 9-11 all over aga…” –The radio cuts into static after a huge crashing sound.

Phil Garcia: “Vince? Vince?… uh, ladies and gentlemen, there seems to be some issues with our broadcaster…”

February 14, 2014 -11:10am EST –Random picture post-disaster –all people in the image remain unaccounted for.
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February 14, 2014 -11:23am EST –CNN Broadcast
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A clearly distraught anchor, Linda Reynolds tries to compose herself before speaking.

“…We’re still unclear as to what has happened at the opening ceremonies of the World Science Expo in Hudson City. Our reporters on the ground haven’t been able to communicate with us and it appears that a large electro-magnetic discharge has rendered all types of electronic communication unreliable.

“We do know that there was a very intense energy discharge and explosion that sent a mushroom cloud high into the sky. There are reports of wide-spread panic, power outages and fires raging throughout much of the city and can only imagine what the people of Hudson City and indeed, around the world are feeling at this moment.

“For those of our viewers with family or friends in Hudson City, we entreat you to be calm and patient and let the emergency services do their job. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible disaster.”

February 14, 2014 -11:25am EST –Random Facebook Chat

Lexi: -Holy shit, we’re under attack!
Jacob67: -Yeah, in yer pants
Lexi: -STFU you noob! I’m serious! There’s fire spreading in the city and a fucking mushroom cloud!
RandalBoi: -Lexi’s right, I can see across the Stewart River right now and the sky’s a million shades of red!
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February 14, 2014 -11:26am EST –Video footage from the air above the WSE shows the explosion. This is followed by further shots of a wave of violent energy sweeping outwards for dozens of city blocks.

Everything in the energy wave’s path is subjected to intense heat and instantly fires begin. The footage wavers and the video shows cars literally being sent into the air or simply bursting into flame. It is clear that little could survive this catastrophic event.
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Aftermath:

Even now, two weeks after the terrible events of September 14th, no one is sure exactly what transpired at the World Science Expo. The media has been rife with speculation of everything from an accident or terrorist attack, or even stranger reports of an alien invasion. The only thing everyone without a doubt knows is that it is the single most disastrous event to ever grip the United States.
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Emergency crews from the entire state were dispatched immediately and today the city still burns in places. The Governor called in the National Guard and President Obama declared Hudson City a disaster zone. The damage control was made even harder by widespread panic and flash riots that broke out across the city.

Not all the bodies remain accounted for, with thousands still missing, but the death toll has been estimated at 30,000+ with 23,178 confirmed dead. Many thousands more are severely injured from either the explosions, the energy wave and fires that swept outward for seventeen city blocks or the collapse of law and order as well as any sort of infrastructure immediately following the disaster.

Everything at ground zero was levelled and now just a debris-ridden, smouldering crater appears amid twisted steel and broken concrete. Miraculously some few people managed to survive the blasts, toxic chemicals and other violent and dangerous energies at the disaster’s epicentre. These survivors have been air-evac’d to nearby hospitals where they are undergoing treatment for severe injuries.

There has been a vast out-pouring of public support for the people of Hudson City. Hudsonites have come out as never before to volunteer their time and a determined spirit of hope exists in the city.

World leaders have expressed their desire to aid in the investigation that is ongoing, as most developed countries had people in the city that were directly affected or even slain in the events surrounding the WSE. Homeland security has placed the country on its highest alert setting and there is also a renewed sense of fear amongst Americans.

There has also been a dramatic rise in crime and hate-related events as the world seems to grow a little darker and more paranoid with each passing day that there are no concrete answers.

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