earthquake

NHK MARCH SPECIALS
Five Years, Five Stories

 

When the massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Tohoku region six years ago, life as people knew it was instantly gone. Among the survivors were children, who experienced the disaster and its aftermath at an impressionable time in their lives. The documentary shares five stories of those children, looking at how they have struggled with the past, and follows them as they search for a way to move forward.

 

NHK Special
The Gate: A Pacific Journey

 

The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan six years ago swept vast amounts of debris across the Pacific. Some objects reached the shore of Oregon, including the crossbeams from the gates of a Shinto shrine. Thanks to the efforts of people living there, those precious artifacts have made the long journey home. The film tells the story of how this homecoming formed bonds of friendships between people living an ocean apart.

 

NOVA
Hagia Sophia: Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery


Istanbul’s magnificent Hagia Sophia has survived on one of the world’s most active seismic faults, which has inflicted a dozen devastating earthquakes since Hagia Sophia was built in 537 AD. As Istanbul braces for the next big quake, a team of architects and engineers is investigating Hagia Sophia’s seismic survival secrets. NOVA follows the team’s discoveries as they examine the building’s unique structure and other ingenious design strategies that have insured the dome’s survival. The engineers build a massive eight-ton model of the building’s core structure, place it on a motorized shake table and hit it with a series of simulated quakes.

 

Italy’s Mystery Mountains

 

Behind Italy’s cultural abundance is the diversity and turbulence of its geology: the continuously erupting volcanoes, the violent earthquakes, the clash of mighty tectonic plates, and the rising of the mountains from which Michelangelo quarried his famous Carrara marbles. Follow two international teams of geologists ― one working near Bologna and the other in southern Italy, where Sicily’s famed volcano, Mt. Etna, erupts in brilliant showers of lava ― as they fill in the story of how the Italian peninsula was first created and whether the famed Apennine Mountain range running down Italy’s spine is still alive and growing.