Chuck Scarborough, the author of the novel, is a veteran local news anchorman in New York City.
I thought we were having an earthquake.
Danny Thorell: Chill out, Mom. We don't live in L.A. anymore.
When the first tremor hits the day before the quake, Diane is on the phone with her father. Since the tremor goes unnoticed, the utensils above are moving, but the lantern doesn't move at all.
Credits end with this statement: Natural disasters do happen and everyone is at risk. Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your family by visiting the web site for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. www.fema.gov
Originally broadcast on CBS in 1999, one shot is removed from the video version that was on television. On CBS, after Danny opens the door and finds that the rest of the school has been demolished. We see a close up shot of him and then he closes the door and weakly slumps to the floor. In the video version after he opens the door, we see his face close up and then it cuts to the next scene. The reason for this is because the movie aired in two parts on television and when he slumps down the screen reads "TO BE CONTINUED"