Japan's Killer Quake

Japan's Killer Quake

DVD - 2011
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In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising death toll in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear reactor meltdowns. It combines on-the-spot reporting, personal stories, compelling eyewitness videos, and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, [2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.3495 Japan's
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Feb 15, 2013

The March 11, 2011, earthquake was the world's fourth largest earthquake since recordkeeping began in 1900 and the worst ever to shake Japan.
The seismic shock wave released over 4,000 times the energy of the largest nuclear test ever conducted.
The quake shifted the earth's axis by six inches and shortened the day by a few millionths of a second.
The subsequent tsunami slammed Japan's coast with 30-foot-high waves that traveled six miles inland, obliterating entire towns in a matter of munutes.
With gripping stories from tsunami survivors, compelling day-to-day reportage, and in-deapth science perspective, the film also explores the risks of a comparable disaster on the U.S. west coast, where earthquake preparedness is nowhere near as advanced in Japan.
Although shocking, this film is informative and enlightening.

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HereHere
Apr 30, 2012

It's a bit hard for me to watch, as I know there is so much tragedy behind what we see. Some of the sections kept repeating the same clips, but otherwise it is a great film. The bottom line is that the America is not nearly as prepared as Japan was, and that was not even enough. No doubt, we have to pick up our socks, especially those who live (or family who live) within a few miles of coast.

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mj7932
Jul 24, 2011

Mother and daughter who climb to highest point of their home and still tsunami's water goes higher than their head! Amazing eye-witnesses documentary.

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