Unemployment went to 25% but started dropping a percent a
month after the government took all taxes away from business. Projects started up converting away from
foreign trade. It was looking as though
But, the steady erosion of morals in schools, in the courts,
and even in the families, gave
The phone rang in the President’s office. It was the hot line from the Pentagon.
“President Thomas” said a voice from the hot line. “We have a huge problem. Come as quickly as you can to the war room.”
In the war room he was shown satellite photos of an Asteroid appearing suddenly from behind the sun. The gravitation of the sun slung in around in a direct path towards earth. One computer set up replayed the path and the sling around the sun, but the big screen showed the live Asteroid.
“Where is it headed?” asked the President.
“The Pacific Ocean just off Northern California, about 250
miles off shore between
“What damage is expected?”
There were over 30 people in the room including generals, scientists and most of his cabinet. Everyone just stood looking at Thomas or bowed there heads.
“I asked a question. What damage is expected?”
“Sir”, said the scientist, “it is huge, about two miles long and about a mile in diameter.”
“When is it expected to hit earth?”
“We have 14 days and 7 hours.”
“What damage is expected?”
“We have not assessed this yet. But it will be major. In fact it will affect the entire world one way or another.”
“What do you mean? Give me some of your best assessments.”
“The last Asteroid of this size that hit the earth may have
flipped the earth over and even changed the magnetic north and south
poles. That would be the worst
scenario. At the least it will cause a
title wave from one to two hundred feet high traveling at the speed of sound. …
When it reaches the shallow waters of the continental shelf it could clime to
1000 feet. It will flood
“Can we stop it?”
“No! We could hit it with a hundred Nuclear Bombs but all we would get is a hundred Asteroids and now they would be radio active.”
“What are your suggestions? What do we do? Where will it flood?”
General Macarthy: “You must start now to evacuate all low
“I have already ordered all Trident Subs out to sea and air bases are preparing to move all assets to mid states.”
President: “I cannot wait for all the information and every possible scenario. If the people have only 14 days they must start moving now. Give me a map of the areas to be flooded. I am going on Television a soon as possible.”
All Television and Radio stations were warned to give time to the President for a very important message to the people.
“Fellow Americans, we face the biggest challenge to our
nation in history and we must act now to minimize the damage and loss of
lives.” He turned to show a photo of the
Asteroid. “This Asteroid, which I have
named, Wormwood, is headed for earth. It
is two miles long and one mile in diameter. … It will not hit
Thomas changed photos.
“This is a map showing the possible areas of the West Coast
that may be flooded as a result of the impact of the Asteroid. It will hit about 250 miles off the North
Coast of California and may cause a wave up to two hundred feet high traveling
at the speed of sound. In the deep ocean
it will not be high but when it reaches the continental shelf of the coast it
will quickly raise to maybe 1000 feet and much higher when it hits land. It may go as far inland as
“I ask everyone to be prepared with extra food, water and whatever else you can think of because this could be much worse than what I have shown on this map. We do not know what impact this could have on the rest of the world. The impact will cause other problems throughout the world other than the tidal wave. Prayer would help all of us.”
Of course, evacuation did not go well and in spite of the
army many people were killed by those trying to gain an extra hour or two ahead
of others. No logic can be made of
this. Fear has no logic. Fear is
selfishness. The opposite of fear is not
bravery but love. The
By Tuesday you could see the Asteroid without a
telescope. Its tail did not trail its
path but pulled towards the sun.
Scientists met and argued all over the world as to what might happen when the Asteroid hit. It was argued that at one time in history the entire world was affected by an impact including flipping the world upside down. No consensus of scientists came forward but all agreed that it would affect the entire world one way of another. No time was left to do anything about it.
As the Asteroid hit the upper atmosphere it began to burn up and put off a huge red ball of fire around it and a tail of fire. Fear hit everyone who looked up at it. Churches all over the world filled up with people on their knees before God. Some Protestants stood out in the open expecting to be raptured up to Heaven before the Comet hit.
Wormwood came in on a 40 degree angle from
On the West Coast from
Cracks in the Earth’s crusts bringing up molten lava
occurred all over the world and in
When all calmed down, President Thomas met in the war room with the Generals and cabinet. “Give me an estimate of the damage.”
“It can only be an estimate.
We sent out jets over the areas of damage. Probably a hundred million Americans
President: “What is our best plan now?”
It was silent for a long time. Again General Macarthy spoke:
“The first and most important thing is that we must burn or bury the dead and quickly. I have talked with doctors and their biggest worry now is an epidemic of many different kinds of diseases because of the rotting bodies of people and animals. We must also see to the feeding of those who have moved and are without homes.”
President: “Are we going to use the army to do this?”
“The army, the police, fire departments, coast guard, navy, everything we have and as fast as we can.”
President: “What else do I have to know?”
Prior to President Thomas coming into the war room, the Generals and Cabinet were briefed on a bigger problem by two Physicists. After a moment of silence and everyone looking around to see who would speak out. Macarthy addressed one of the Physicists.
“President, have you noticed the location of the Sun?”
“No! I have been busy.”
“Well! Sir, the sun is not where it used to be. It is 28 degrees off the equator.”
“What does that mean?”
“A great deal! It means that the Earth has shifted 20 degrees more off its true North and South Poles. The Sun and Earth have not changed but the Earth’s angle of rotation has changed. We don’t know all of what this means but we have figured out one problem. The North and South Poles will melt a great deal of their ice caps over the next few months.”
“I understand some of what that might mean, but what is your assessment in the near future and in the long run?”
“The first thing that will happen is that the Ocean floors
will rise little by little until they are 10 to 25 feet higher than they are
now. You can imagine what that will do
to all coast lines throughout the world, and coastal cities. For example, a great part of
“Gentlemen, thank you for the briefing and before we leave
here today we will map out a plan of action to clean up the mess, feed the
people and prepare for future flooding and the lack of rain. However, before we start making these plans I
want to place one more problem on the table.
The Moslems are unifying to go to war against