Ted Rall for March 10, 1997
Hope Springs Infernal. Woman: The earthquake hit this city early in the morning, when most people were asleep. Buildings collapsed all over town, trapping thousands in the rubble. Then gas lines ruptured, starting a massive fire. Only 15% of the doomed city's 120,000 residents survived the dual devastation, But the worst was yet to come: the tornado! The tornado killed every single last survivor of the Earthquake and the fire. Finally the twister moved the huge river right through town. After the water receded, everything- the damaged buildings, the cars, the bodies- everything was gone. Not.... wait a sec- uh-huh. Ok. Now the rebuilding begins!