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1st Oct '17 8:24:31 PM Generality
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* One of Calvin's {{Imagine Spot}}s in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' involves a tectonic fissure moving with uncanny accuracy toward an unsuspecting man's house, coinciding with [[ContrivedCoincidence a derailed train, plummeting airplane, and gas leak]].
11th Aug '17 5:22:27 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Cracks are shown all over the backglass of ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}''.

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* Cracks are shown all over the backglass of ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}''. There is also a mechanism that simulates California tearing off from Nevada whenever a multiball starts.
20th Jul '17 2:30:26 PM Kartoonkid95
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* The plot of ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' kicks off when an earthquake strikes and the main character falls down an crack into medieval times.
15th Jul '17 9:59:48 AM Macecurb
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* Footage out of Japan from the 9.0 2011 Tohoku earthquake includes amateur video clips of cracks opening up in the pavement, albeit cracks too small to swallow more than a careless toe.
** Images are available online of fissures about six inches wide from the Miyagi Prefecture.
* The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit New Zealand in 2010 reportedly shifted parts of the country up to 11 feet sideways, and actually did create some menacing but shallow fissures. Some photos can be [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1310461/New-Zealand-earthquake-damage-1-8bn.html found here.]]
* The strongest earthquake of "recent" years, the one in Chile last century, actually had this happen. Since it was so long ago, all we have are [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable narrators]], but people that old actually say that the ground opened up and ''swallowed houses''. Make of that what you will, and don't overlook that Chile is a mountainous country, making tremor-induced landslides plausible.
* Fissures are a regular formation produced in association with earthquakes in Iceland, but they are from the same cause, not the consequence of the quakes. They are often an immediate prelude to a fissure eruption, a phenomenon common in volcanism in Iceland (due to the unusual geological structure of the island) and rare elsewhere. Fissures also periodically open up in the spreading zone without immediate vulcanism (although you'd have to be mad to live in the spreading zone as it is highly subject to vulcanism).
* Footage from the 7.8 April 2015 quake in Nepal showed several large cracks torn in the ground (though none appeared wide enough for a person to enter).
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* Footage out of Japan from the 9.0 2011 Tohoku earthquake includes amateur video clips of cracks opening up in the pavement, albeit cracks too small to swallow more than a careless toe.
** Images are available online of fissures about six inches wide from the Miyagi Prefecture.
* The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit New Zealand in 2010 reportedly shifted parts of the country up to 11 feet sideways, and actually did create some menacing but shallow fissures. Some photos can be [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1310461/New-Zealand-earthquake-damage-1-8bn.html found here.]]
* The strongest earthquake of "recent" years, the one in Chile last century, actually had this happen. Since it was so long ago, all we have are [[UnreliableNarrator unreliable narrators]], but people that old actually say that the ground opened up and ''swallowed houses''. Make of that what you will, and don't overlook that Chile is a mountainous country, making tremor-induced landslides plausible.
* Fissures are a regular formation produced in association with earthquakes in Iceland, but they are from the same cause, not the consequence of the quakes. They are often an immediate prelude to a fissure eruption, a phenomenon common in volcanism in Iceland (due to the unusual geological structure of the island) and rare elsewhere. Fissures also periodically open up in the spreading zone without immediate vulcanism (although you'd have to be mad to live in the spreading zone as it is highly subject to vulcanism).
* Footage from the 7.8 April 2015 quake in Nepal showed several large cracks torn in the ground (though none appeared wide enough for a person to enter).
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25th Jan '17 12:19:21 AM RisefromYourGrave
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* The stated purpose of [[EarthquakeMachine Experiment 513]] in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' was to "bifurcate" a planet in half with earthquakes.

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* The stated purpose of [[EarthquakeMachine Experiment 513]] 513]], a.k.a. "Richter", in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' was to "bifurcate" a planet in half with earthquakes.
18th Aug '16 5:57:43 PM Tre
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18th Aug '16 5:55:08 PM Tre
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* The Creator/SciFiChannel movie ''MegaFault''. The premise is that a giant earthquake opens a crack from the east coast to the ''Grand Canyon''. ''[[ArtisticLicenseGeology Argh]]''!

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* The Creator/SciFiChannel movie ''MegaFault''.Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie movie]] ''[=MegaFault=]''. The premise is that a giant earthquake opens a crack from the east coast to the ''Grand Canyon''. ''[[ArtisticLicenseGeology Argh]]''!
10th Aug '16 8:10:39 PM PaulA
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* The protagonist in ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' gets a very powerful friend by saving him from such a fall during an earthquake.

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* The protagonist in ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' gets a very powerful friend by saving him from such a fall during an earthquake.
5th Aug '16 5:56:29 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:You can't [[{{Pun}} fault]] Mother Nature for decreasing property values.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:You can't [[{{Pun}} [[JustForPun fault]] Mother Nature for decreasing property values.]]








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8th Jul '16 6:22:31 AM gewunomox
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* In FrankZappa's "Billy The Mountain", an earthquake causes an "[[EddieFisher Oh, my]] [[{{Pun}} Papa...]]", exposing "pools of poison gas, and obsolete germ bombs", although, in this case, the earthquake isn't caused by a fault-line, [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext but a mountain that got up and walked away]].

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* In FrankZappa's Music/FrankZappa's "Billy The Mountain", an earthquake causes an "[[EddieFisher Oh, my]] [[{{Pun}} Papa...]]", exposing "pools of poison gas, and obsolete germ bombs", although, in this case, the earthquake isn't caused by a fault-line, [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext but a mountain that got up and walked away]].
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