Discovery en Espanol Premieres ‘Megaquake: Hour That Shook Japan’


MIAMI (PRNewswire) — Discovery en Espanol’s one-hour upcoming premiere of “Megaquake: Hour That Shook Japan” captures the story of the moment the 9.0 earthquake struck northeast Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed.

Poignant testimonies and remarkable footage captured that day reveal what happened in those crucial moments following the quake as a tsunami barreled toward land at 500 miles per hour. The special also takes a scientific look at what happened that day in an attempt to piece together when Mother Nature could strike again.

“Megaquake,” featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, premieres on Discovery en Espanol on Sunday, May 15, at 9 p.m. E/P.

The spellbinding special features an exclusive sound recording captured at the Wake Island hydro-acoustic station 2,000 miles away in the Pacific Ocean. The station belongs to the global monitoring network of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

The recording, made by ultra-sensitive hydrophones at a depth of 1,300 meters, was subsequently sped up by 32 times so it could be audible to human ears – enabling people to hear the actual sound of a 600km-long section of the fault line in the Earth’s crust rupturing and grinding against rock with the power of 600 million Hiroshima bombs.

Viewers will also hear the very personal stories of those who experienced the events of March 11.

Firefighter Yukio Takayama was inside the nuclear plant when the earthquake struck. He describes the sense of fear and desperation among those inside. The special also includes footage of Takayama and his fellow firefighters inside the reactor.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami,  Sendai Airport was a nightmare – cars were strewn about the runway, debris littered the terminal, and no power. Hear about the chain of events in an exclusive interview with the air traffic controller Yoshihiko Kibuna, who was on duty that day.

The special also features interviews with Americans who were in Japan on March 11, including Paula Lutze, who was teaching school in Sendai. Exclusive footage shows Lutze in school that day. She was instrumental in rescuing children caught up in the chaos of the tsunami.

Additionally, “Megaquake” will examine the Pacific Ring of Fire – a name given to the region devastated by natural disasters in recent years – to assess whether the Earth’s tectonic plates are in a phase of increased activity, which could result in further seismic events. Through exclusive interviews with top seismologists and oceanographers, the documentary will piece together where Mother Nature might strike next.

“Megaquake” is produced for Discovery Channel by Darlow Smithson Productions, where Tom Brisley and Guy Davies are executive producers and Simon Young is producer. For Discovery Channel, Stephen Reverand is executive producer.

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