Scarlett was absorbed with her studies when the class was interrupted by sudden feeling of shaking. It was barely noticeable but looking into her fellow student’s cup she indeed could see ripples on coffee surface.
Many other students stopped taking notes and looked around with startled expressions. Even their teacher paused in her speech, trying to figure out what was going on.
“Can you feel it?” asked someone behind Scarlett’s back.
“Dude, that’s an earthquake or what,” another voice replied.
For a moment no one knew what to do.
“Do not panic, it’s very weak,” the teacher regained her composure and tried to calm her students down and continue the lesson, although she was not sure herself of what to expect. She had never heard of an earthquake in this area before. The university was fairly away from any known tectonically active zones and there were no volcanoes nearby. What could have happened that might have caused this?
The same questions were swarming in Scarlett’s mind as she stared into her laptop screen and checked for any news that could shed some light on the situation.
It was everywhere! The news of Aurora Skies destruction were flooding her news feed with terrifying images of what once was a beautiful environmentally-friendly northern city. Now it was… gone.
Destroyed by the earthquake and the remains washed away by a massive tsunami that followed shortly after. Estimated casualties were counted in hundreds. Scarlett scrolled down the page and saw headlines of another towns from nearby islands and even the closest edge of the mainland being damaged by the quake. Evacuation efforts have been launched attempting to get the survivors off the island.
A quick glance told Scarlett the other students were doing the same as her, not paying much attention to the teacher and instead checking their phones vigorously.
“Oh my God!” a girl next to her cried out, utter shock covering her face as she stared at her phone with wide eyes.
And suddenly, Scarlett saw it too. The newest video update showed the Aurora Island filmed from a drone monitoring the rescue operations, when suddenly – BOOM! A massive explosion torn the whole island to pieces, sending them flying into the air, followed by a burst of lava and black smoke shooting high into the sky, piercing the clouds above as the shockwave sent the drone spinning down to the sea. There the record ended.
Aurora Skies was no more. The whole island ceased to exist as the raging supervolcano bursted into life.
Scarlett was shaken to the core. The Apocalypse was approaching. It was happening right now. The ash will cloud the sky, locking the planet in many years of perpetual winter. The cold, lack of sunlight, toxic fallout and acid rains will devastate and poison the water and flora. Most animal species will go extinct. And humans? What will become of them? Can at least some of them survive, or will their entire civilization become history? What was going to happen to her?
Scarlett felt totally helpless. How she hoped this was just a bad dream, but she knew it wasn’t. Right now most of her classmates weren’t quite aware of the full extent of the disaster. They still viewed it as something too remote to have a direct impact on their lives, and were only moved by fate of poor Aurora Skies citizens who had no chance to save their lives.
In the wake of recent events in Aurora, the class was ended early and the students were released from their duties for the rest of the day. Scalett headed straight back to the Sorority house to catch on some more news. She could still feel the light tremor fading in and out during the afternoon – so strong the eruption was.