The earthquake struck Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 21, 2028, at 3:34 P.M. It registered 8.6 on the Richter Scale. Many died including all of Knight 15's family. In the Alternate Reality Game timeline, Worldview Industries is blamed for causing the earthquake; in the Consortium timeline, the earthquake is believed to be caused by natural means. K-1, under the influence of P-126, fired Kisho Sosa which caused it.