Wave That Shook The World

Wave That Shook The World

Posted On: February 7, 2012
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On December 26, 2004, at 7:59 a.m. local time, an undersea section of the Earth’s crust slipped along a 700-mile-long fault off the coast of Sumatra, setting in motion a train of destructive waves called tsunamis that left well over 250,000 people dead or missing.

In “Wave That Shook the World,” NOVA traces exactly what happened, and why.

Before 2004, the Indian Ocean’s most devastating tsunami was caused by the titanic eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883.

Causing nearly 40,000 deaths, Krakatoa was long considered an almost unimaginable catastrophe, until last December’s tsunami showed that humans are more vulnerable than ever to rare but inevitable natural disasters.

This program tells the minute-by-minute story of the 2004 tsunami, featuring video footage and scientific analysis of the onrushing waves that spread for 3,000 miles around the Indian Ocean basin.