'Closed Until Further Notice'
research facility - undead massacre
Ice station mystery surrounds
Exposure - Part one
Exposure - Part two
Northern Exposure - Part four
Our arrival at
Nome, Alaska was greeted by a bitter cross wind laced with biting hail
and snow. The town was now under strict quarantine, imposed since the
massacre in early march. Residents come and go throughout the small
town but all exits beyond are heavily guarded.
Ask anyone in Nome
and they probably knew the 9 researchers who were so brutally slain
by their undead assailant. The lab had been established since 2005.
The researchers had become a semi permanent fixture amongst the mainly
native indian population.
They visited the
small bars, ate at the local cafe's, and socialized as any other inhabitant
of this remote community. They made many friends, all of whom were devastated
by the news of the massacre..
A government imposed quarantine such as this can have a strangulation
effect of most any town or city. Commerce is mainly halted. People tend
to burrow down and stay protected (or so they hope) in their homes.
"Trust also becomes an issue" says local resident and waitress
Morgan Pichue who works at the 'Big Stop' diner, "You see someone
stumble and folk think they have the infection.", she laughs to
herself and continues, "they're probably just half cut on whiskey,
There isn't a whole lot else to do here right now."
police light proves an ominous presence(left)
after taking this photograph, I was advised to go straight to my motel
or risk arrest for loitering.
The local police have the whole area under semi lockdown. People are 'encouraged' not to linger on the streets. Athough no actual curfew has been announced, it is clear that you need to have a good reason to be out on the streets.
Soon, myself and Sheriff Lipton will be
allowed to visit the scene of the actual massacre. I am told that a
'probable' account of that nights events will be explained to me in
Read Part Three: 'Site of the massacre'