This week’s #writephoto prompt has me pondering a major what if
One day… people will go to the beach
One day… the Canary Islands will become the centre of the world. People on those beaches will stare into the sunlit distance unaware that these humble pieces of rock will soon be beyond famous.
One day… La Palma will groan and grumble. It’s volcanic core will, after decades of somnambulance, stretch its shoulders and begin the slow, inexorable movements that will in time fissure and fracture the ground beneath the Atlantic Ocean on which the tiny topmost speck sits.
One day… a team of seismologists will scramble to their screens, running and re-running their models, becoming increasingly frantic.
One day… the warnings will be issued to an unprepared and disbelieving world.
One day… some governments will react with typical reluctance to tell their people what they are hearing.
One day… the internet will flood with speculation.
One day… the conspiracists and fake news outlets will meet the mainstream news channels halfway and they will scratch their heads.
One day… some will head to their own beaches, joining the usual crowds of sun worshippers and sandcastle creators for a day looking out to sea.
One day… La Palma will crack and its side will sheer off as if hit by the equivalent power of multiple Hiroshimas and disappear into the previously benign waters of the eastern Atlantic.
One day… the space previously filled by the mountain that comprises the subsea section of the island will collapse leaving a hole into which the waters of the Atlantic ocean will flood.
One day… inside an hour the rest of the Canary Islands will be inundated.
One day… the western shores of Portugal and Spain and the Northern and western shores of Mauritania, Morocco and the Western Sahara will be hit by a tidal wave travelling at 500 miles an hour and measuring some many metres in height. Possibly as much as one hundred…
One day… all the countries bounding the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic seaboard will scrabble frantically to get the message out that a wall of water never seen before is about to devastate countless towns and cities and other multiple communities.
One day… six to seven hours and three thousand miles away Boston and New York and Miami will wait, equally unprepared but with full knowledge that a thirty metre wall of water is coming..
One day… people will still go to the beach…