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The Wave That Shook the World

AAAS Science Journalism Award
Producer Martin Williams Director Lara Acaster & Alex Williamson Starring
  • Simon Boxall
  • Phil Cummins
  • Chris Goldfinger
  • Richard Gross
    Production Company WGBH
    Broadcaster PBS

    The tsunami that hit on the 26th of January 2004 was the result of a an undersea section of the Earth's crust that slipped along a 700-mile-long fault off the coast of Sumatra; the consequence was mass devastation and over 250,000 people left dead or missing.

    Bill McGuire investigates why this, the biggest tsunami since the epic wave created by the titanic eruption of Krakatoa, happened when it did. Minute by minute footage documents the disaster that swept though the Indian Ocean basin, meanwhile experts reveal that it is a question of when rather than if another such catastrophe will strike.
    The Wave That Shook the World

    A great combination of science and human drama. Warren Leary
    The New York Times

    I think everyone who worked on this film hoped that a piece of science journalism like this would, at the very least, help viewers make some sense of this disaster. Joseph McMaster (Producer NOVA)

    In any particular earthquake, you'll get a different, what we call "tsunami train." There isn't just one wave; there's usually several waves. And it doesn't follow any particular rules. Bill McGuire

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