The Day the Wave Came

The Day the Wave Came


The magnitude and destruction of a Tsunami is hard to comprehend. This minute-by-minute account reveals the human face of the 2004 tragedy.
A torrent of water sweeps through a street, destroying everything in its path. In the background, women are screaming. “I remember yelling ‘we’re all going to die, we’re all going to die'”, recalls one survivor. Hours earlier, meteorologist Smith Dharmasroja had desperately tried to get a warning out. When the wave struck Sri Lanka, Sulochana Perera attempted to rescue many drowning children, only to see her efforts dashed as the second bigger wave hit. This report reveals how events unfolded around the Indian Ocean: why no warnings were issued, survivors’ stories and what the impact has been on their shattered lives. Includes remarkable pictures of the Tsunami.

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How the 2011 Japan tsunami happened

How the 2011 Japan tsunami happened

 

On March 11th, Japan suffered a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami. Just weeks later, NOVA has produced a 47 minute documentary that does an impressive job of explaining the science behind these twin geologic catastrophes. The program follows Roger Bilham, a seismologist at the University of Colorado, who arrived in Japan two days after the quake. And what you get is a blow-by-blow account of the unfolding events, coupled with some sound analysis and stunning footage (like the ground splitting open and pushing water to the surface.) This is by far the most substantive treatment of Japan’s quake/tsunami that we’ve encountered to date…