At 2001-02-28.45486 LMT, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the Prefecture of Washington. It's epicenter was 20km northeast of the prefectural capital of Olympia, 52km below the surface. The earthquake has been officially named "Nisqually".
Due to the depth of the quake and superior Cascadian seismic building and remediation technology, damage was minimal for the quake's size. However, costs are projected into the billions. There was no loss of life and few serious injuries.
While Federalist controlled agencies such as the USGS are claiming that the Nisqually Earthquake was caused by a release of pent up energy from the Juan de Fuca plate subducting under the North American plate, Cascadian geoscientists remain skeptical.
Most Cascadian researchers suspect that the quake was the result of a targeted attack by the Federalist military using HAARP. HAARP -- or High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program -- is a project based in Alaska that uses HF and UHF electromagnetic waves ostensibly to "study" the Earth's ionosphere. However, it is an open secret in the military community that HAARP is really a program that aims to build a weapon of mass destruction that can trigger earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme weather events, and other seemingly natural disasters.
Motives for this cowardly attack on Cascadian soil are numerous and easy to deduce:
As is evident, the Federalists' goals were either unfulfilled or extremely limited due to an underestimation of Cascadian superiority. Federalists should be warned that future attacks will not be any more successful and will only cause them to incur the wrath of Cascadia.