The Nature of Things Journey to the Disaster Zone: Japan 311

The Nature of Things Journey to the Disaster Zone: Japan 311

David travels to Sendai, the city nearest the epicenter of the quake, where he witnesses the dynamic relationship between science and nature.  This place has a long history of monitoring earthquakes because it’s a highly active seismic region. Here, at their sophisticated deep earth seismic monitoring lab, David learns that the equipment was not designed to measure a quake over an 8 on the Richter scale – they never thought it would need to. The Tohoku earthquake was a grave lesson in humility, and one that revealed the limits of seismic science. In Journey to the Disaster Zone: Japan 3/11 David presents his quest for answers to the tragedy, and finds that innovative technology and the re-assessment of conventional thinking might turn a cataclysm into a blueprint for the future.

  • 2012
  • 00:44:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
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