Ch 1 - Prologue
BREAKING NEWS - SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
MASSIVE EXPLOSION AT RESEARCH FACILITY IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO
TORONTO (AP) -- A massive explosion has occurred at the Temporal Analysis Particle Accelerator (TAPA) research facility in Waterloo Ontario shortly before midnight on September 23rd, 2015, the explosion has been reported as being visible in Hamilton roughly 60km from the site.
Officials have broadcast on emergency channels that all residents living in the counties: Brant, Halton, Oxford, Perth, Waterloo, Wellington, and Wentworth should shelter in place, remain inside and close all open windows and doors. A state of emergency has been declared for the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, and the communities of Ariss, Baden, Bamberg, Bloomingdale, Breslau, Conestogo, Elmira, Haysville, Heidelberg, Little Lake, Maryhill, New Dundee, New Hamburg, Philipsburg, Plattsville, Preston, Roseville, St. Agatha, St. Jacobs, Wallenstein, and Winterbourne.
Emergency personnel are on the scene, there is no word yet as to the nature or possible cause of the explosion but first responders are taking precautions against potential chemical or radiation exposure. The federal emergency response coordinator has scheduled a press conference at 6am to provide further information and answer questions.
Sources at the Canadian National Data Centre for Earthquake Seismology and Nuclear Explosion Monitoring (CNDC) report the explosion registering as a 6.9 on the Richter scale, equal to 250 to 500 kilotons of TNT, roughly 15 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki during the Second World War.
The Temporal Analysis Particle Accelerator is operated by the Institute of Temporal Physics (ITP) based in Waterloo Ontario, who have not yet released a statement.
Story is developing...
CBC Breaking News with Lauren Ashely
Lauren: "Fellow Canadians, ... Today we bear witness as a tragedy unfolds surpassing any other that this country has witnessed in its history. At 11:30pm last night a nuclear explosion occurred at the Institute of Temporal Physics, a research facility at the University of Waterloo. The blast has destroyed much of the city, destroying buildings for miles around including much of uptown Waterloo. Fires burn uncontrolled throughout much of Kitchener from the heat of the explosion which shattered windows as far away as Guelph. On site from Kitchener is CBC reporter Asya İnönü".
Asya: "A thick cloud of smoke can be seen rising over the hills in the distance as the ruins of the city of Waterloo and nearly half of Kitchener burn. Behind me the army is setting up a relief camp in Wilson Park to aid survivors and tend the wounded, while similar camps are being assembled in Rosenberg Park, Lion's Park, Mannheim, St. Agatha, and Heidelberg. Efforts to clear major roads of debris to allow emergency vehicles access to the blast site are being hampered by the smoke, fire, and high levels of radioactive material from the blast that is forcing soldiers to don heavy protective gear and limit their exposure.
This is a disaster beyond precedent in our country, initial casualty estimates put the death toll in the tens of thousands, and the possibly one hundred thousand injured, many of whom may die of radiation or injury. The scale of this is ... beyond imagining. Emergency workers are urging citizens to stay indoors, stay under cover, and retreat to an underground location if possible. Anyone who is severely injured or requires urgent medical attention must make their way to the nearest major road and proceed south or west."
Lauren: "Thank you Asya, we now go to a press conference with Nuclear Emergency Organization Director of Communications, Henri Laliberté."
Press Conference: "Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow Canadians. An explosion at the Temporal Analysis Particle Accelerator at the University of Waterloo has claimed the lives of thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of Canadians and students from countries around the world. With the fall semester starting only three weeks ago, the safety of roughly 35,000 students, staff, and faculty of the University is still unknown.
In response to this shocking, horrifying tragedy, the CNSC Nuclear Emergency Response Plan has been activated. Emergency crews are working alongside the Canadian army and aided by detachments of the US Army and Homeland Security from New York and Michigan, working to clear roads and assess the situation. Their first priority is to open access to ... ground zero ... and to evacuate any who are critically injured.
We do not yet know the cause of the explosion, and it is unlikely that we will know for some time. Several organizations have claimed responsibility, however their claims are yet unverified and are unlikely to be true. The United States Government has pledged their support in any way possible in our recovery..."
Lauren: "That was the Director of Communications with the Nuclear Emergency Organization of Canada, Henri Laliberté."
Lauren: "Meteorologist Jack Sanders joins us now. Jack, we have heard about the risk of radioactive fallout from the explosion having a potential to affect much of Southern Ontario. What does the risk look like and what does this mean for the people who live here?"
Jack: "Yes, well... uh, Lauren. As you can see on the map behind me the jet-stream is going to draw radioactive dust and debris in a long, elongated oval area to the northeast. Much of the north shore is going to be affected, with the highest concentrations in Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto and Markham. To a lesser extent we will see effects in parts of Hamilton, Oshawa, Peterborough, Belleville, and as far as Kingston if current weather patterns remain stable for the next two to three days. Rain is in the forecast which will help clear the air and wash away the dust, but everyone in the affected areas are being urged to remain indoors for the next 4-7 days..."