Kristoffer Joner and Ane Dahl Torp are to reprise their roles from hit Norwegian disaster movie The Wave (Bølgen) in a sequel entitled Earthquake (Skjelvet). John Andreas Andersen (Occupied) will direct.
The focus for the new film is an area known as Oslo-Graben, which extends from the Oslo Fjord to Lillehammer, where the earth’s crust has thinned and there is volcanic activity which resulted in an earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale in 1904.
It is argued that we can expect further major earthquakes along the Oslo-Graben in the future and, although we don’t know when or how severe that will be, we do know that the population density and infrastructure in Oslo today is much more vulnerable than it was in 1904.
Producer Martin Sundland told NRK: “There has been quite a prevalence of quakes over 8 on the Richter scale. Yes, that was 8-9000 years ago, but from a geological perspective these are small time periods when looking at a history 250-300 million years with earthquakes.”
Earthquake begins filming in Oslo this October with its Norwegian premiere slated for August 2018.