Hell on Earth: Gimme Shelter
On Saturday, August 8th, 1868, the ground began to quake. The rocks began to roll. The entire coastline of California, from Mexico to Oregon, dropped a hundred feet in some places, and in others it tore open into hundreds of narrow channels between newly-formed, tall mesas.
Once the initial earthquake destroyed everything, and the few remaining survivors crawled out of the wreckage to stare about in mute horror, they had about 10 seconds to ponder their terrible luck. Then a massive wall of water rushed over them and wiped at least a hundred cities and towns off the map.
All over California, the Pacific flooded into the channels, inlets, and bays.
It left in its wake a labyrinth of jagged mesas towering over flooded, broken terrain. This region was quickly dubbed the “Great Maze.”
The ruins revealed wonders unseen previously, such as the California Maze Dragons, immense reptilian creatures that trolled the rough channels of the Maze. Still more amazing was the discovery of what some believed to be simple coal, but was soon determined to be a new mineral altogether.
This new fundament burned a hundred times hotter and longer than coal. When consumed, it gave off a ghostly white vapor and howled like the Devil himself. The first survivors who discovered it dubbed it “Ghost Rock,” and the name stuck.