Killer Wave

DVD - 2005
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Travel the Pacific Rim to track the underwater earthquakes that spawn tsunamis and watch as residents of this seismically volatile region brace for the next killer wave.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : National Geographic Society, [2005], c1997
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9780792241195
Branch Call Number: DVD 551.4637 TSU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Killer wave


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Mar 25, 2017

This was made prior to the big tsunami in Japan in 2011, so there is a part where they talk about the 34-foot-tall sea wall in one of the Japanese towns that had been destroyed 3 times in the last century. It's a bit sad because they talk about how prepared this town is for anything, that they run drills to close the sea walls in time & talk to townspeople about the wall -- it's sad that they thought they were safe leading into 2011, so probably more people had a false sense of security about the impending waves and probably died because of it (there are several videos on YouTube about that town & how the wall made no difference, the waves just toppled right over it).
The rest of this is really interesting & informative. I only just learned recently about the Cascadia Subduction Zone alone the USA Pacific Northwest & the BC Coast of Canada -- they are due for a catastrophic earthquake there & subsequent tsunami, and most cities & towns along the west coast are NOT prepared for it. This Subduction Zone is EXACTLY like the one on the Japan side of the "Pacific Ring of Fire", and pressure has been mounting for about 300 years underwater. If it buckles, the wave will hit the coast within 10-20 minutes and a lot of people are likely to get caught in the tsunami... scary.

Anyway -- I HIGHLY recommend this video, it's packed with info on tsunamis through history, especially in the 1900's (I was unaware that there had been any), and how devastating they are.

May 31, 2015

This is a 2005 documentary produced for "National Geographic Society."
Particularly interesting is the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where Vancouver is located.
A scientist has discovered that the giant earthquake struck in this zone 300 years ago, creating a giant tsunami.
So Vancouverites may see another giant tsunami in the near future.

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