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Natural Disasters


Natural Disasters



FLOOD

With average temperatures rising globally, floods are becoming more frequent and prolonged. This episode reviews the effects of floods, and discusses the measures being taken to prevent or combat these effects in Italy, Argentina, Bangladesh and The Netherlands

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High - College) / 24 minutes

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STORMS

Storms manifest as Hurricanes, Cyclones, Sandstorms, Sea Storms and Tornadoes. Some geographic locations are more susceptible to cyclogenesis and the resulting devastation. Sailors participating in the Sydney to Hobart Race are often at the mercy of severe storms, and parts of America and India have been seriously affected by Hurricanes in the last decade.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High - College) / 24 minutes

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VOLCANOES

Volcanic eruptions are devastating, yet people continue to reside near active volcanoes as the ash and lava enrich the soil. Some volcanoes lay dormant for centuries, even millennia, creating catastrophic consequences when they finally erupt. Mt. Vesuvius, Popocatepetl, Mount Merapi, St. Helen's, Fuji & St. Turin are profiled.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High - College) / 24 minutes

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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 íV 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.?

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DVD / 2012 / (Grades 7-12, Adult Education, Post Secondary) / 45 minutes

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MEGAQUAKE: HOUR THAT SHOOK JAPAN

Chronicles the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011, and the tsunami that followed, sharing the untold stories of survivors in Tokyo and Otsushi. Poignant testimonies and remarkable footage captured that day will reveal what happened in those crucial moments following the quake as a tsunami barreled toward land at 500 miles per hour. The program also examines other earthquake zones around the Pacific Ring of Fire and considers the likelihood of a major earthquake striking North America.

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DVD / 2011 / (Grades 6-12) / 42 minutes

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CHINA QUAKE

China Quake is an engrossing look at the massive 2008 earthquake in China, one of the most destructive quakes ever recorded, and a lesson in the science of seismic activity.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake released a surge of energy that devastated an area the size of South Korea. In ninety unforgiving seconds, nearly 90,000 lives were lost, 5 million buildings were destroyed and 5 million people were left homeless. Dramatic video footage from the day of the quake and its aftermath, along with computer graphics, vividly illustrate the devastation and the mechanisms behind the megaquake.

China Quake follows a team of international scientists a year after the monster quake as they search for clues that will help solve the mystery of the massive, unexpected disaster. Was the Sichuan earthquake a freak of nature or a predictable tragedy waiting to happen? And what can be learned from the quake to help reduce the devastation in the future?

The scientists, including geologists, seismologists and engineers, use tools on the ground and in space to uncover the catastrophic chain of events that may have ruptured several faults at once. Among the scientists is Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, founder/CEO of Build Change, a nonprofit organization that teaches people in developing countries how to build earthquake resistant homes.

The discoveries of these scientists solves the mystery of the quake's origins and scale, and will help save lives in the future wherever and whenever killer quakes strike around the world.

Award
  • Golden China Dragon Award, International Science and Education Producers Conference, China

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 47 minutes

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    HAITI'S KILLER QUAKE: WHY IT HAPPENED

    The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, was the strongest to hit the island in over two centuries. The program delves deep into the key questions that scientists are racing to answer: Why did the quake happen now? Could it have been predicted? And when and where might the next "big one" strike? Geologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado travels to Haiti to explore the enormous forces that caused this disaster. He explains how Haiti's location between two tectonic plates heightens its risk for additional earthquakes and how seismologists are working to predict the next hotspot.

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    DVD / 2010 / (Grades 6-12) / 43 minutes

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    CHINA'S EARTHQUAKE: THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURES

    In May 2008, the ground in China's Sichuan province shuddered and cracked open. Buildings, roads and lives were torn apart in seconds.The massive earthquake would leave over 80,000 dead or missing and millions homeless. China's Earthquake: The People in the Pictures tells the story of four people who lives have been changed forever by this disaster - a young reporter, a nine-year-old hero, a schoolgirl who lost her leg after being buried alive, and one of the many parents whose children died in a poorly constructed school.

    The Sichuan earthquake was a story of extraordinary human drama. It was also an event of worldwide political significance. China presented a new face to the world through the media coverage, openness to international aid, and sympathy from its leaders and people for the quake's victims. Did the Sichuan earthquake mark the beginning of a new China of greater openness and freedom? What is the future for the survivors of Sichuan? Through the stories of the people who lived it, the documentary looks at those questions.

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  • Gemini Award (2009): Best History Documentary Program

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    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 9-12, Adult Education, Post Secondary) / Approx. 44 minutes

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    ENGINEERING VOLCANOES

    Volcanoes can kill thousands, destroy entire cities, and change the global climate. However, volcanologists are still unsure what causes devastating eruptions. The program explores the mysterious inner workings of volcanoes to see just how they do their damage. Discover how scientists are trying to learn how to predict the timing and severity of eruptions to give residents in close proximity enough time to escape when volcanoes blow.

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    DVD / 2009 / (Grades 6-12) / 43 minutes

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    CLIMATE CHANGE

    Time has clearly shown the serious impact our society and general lifestyle has had on the environment. To most adults it is evident that future generations may not enjoy common privileges society has enjoyed in the past if they do not take an active role in protecting the environment. Along with adults, it is essential that our children also learn to share in this important responsibility.

    Climate Change educates children on the impact of Global Warming or the Green House effect on the environment. Using stimulating animations and young actors, Climate Change shows young people how to responsibly protect the environment through the use of energy saving methods such as choosing alternative travel and reducing power and water consumption


    DVD / 2006 / (Intermediate, Senior High) / 8 minutes

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    NATURE'S POWER

    Witness the elements at work in our world. From calcium and caves to sulfur and volcanoes, this program illustrates the power of basic chemical substances in nature.

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    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 6-12) / 25 minutes

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    EARTHQUAKES

    The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

    DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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    HURRICANES

    The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

    DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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    TORNADOES

    The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

    DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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    TSUNAMIS

    The very newest series for young viewers, of all ages, on the most potentially devastating and powerful phenomena known to man. A virtual what, how, when, where, why and wow of Mother Nature's most wild side. Each program includes carefully chaptered segments covering all the principal elements of understanding for any age viewer.

    DVD / 2006 / 15 minutes

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    EARTHQUAKE TSUNAMI: WAVE OF DESTRUCTION

    This program explores natural forces inside our planet, how and why earthquakes occur, the 2004 tsunami and the international response that followed. Senior seismologist Gary Gibson takes us through some reasons why the earth has such destructive potential, and the natural forces behind the 2004 tsunami. Featuring a range of natural disaster footage, graphics, footage of the tsunami aftermath, and interviews with aid workers involved in the international response.

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    DVD / 2005 / 24 minutes

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    WIND AND WATER

    Canada has some of the most extreme weather on earth. Using dramatic archival footage, original shots and home videos, this first part in the Extreme Weather series recalls some of the top ten wind and water disasters of the last century - including Hurricane Hazel in 1954, Hurricane Juan in 2003 and the Edmonton Tornado of 1987. It tells these gripping stories from individual experiences during these life and death events.

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    DVD / 2005 / (Grades 9-12, Adult Education, Post Secondary) / 60 minutes

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    FIRE AND ICE

    Canada has more kinds of extreme weather than anywhere else on the planet. As if that weren't already bad enough, global climate change has meant an increase in the frequency and severity of storms, floods, droughts and other catastrophic weather events.

    Part 2 of the Extreme Weather series looks at Canada's worst fire and ice disasters, including BC's deadly 2003 forest fires and the Quebec/Ontario ice storm of 1998.

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    DVD / 2005 / (Grades 9-12, Adult Education, Post Secondary) / 60 minutes

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    MAPPING ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS

    When natural disasters like fire strike the Australian landscape, maps are used to help us to immediately deal with the problem, determine the impact on people and the environment, and plan for another such event. This program explores the important role different types of maps play in managing the impact of fire, how technology complements the use of paper maps, and what maps can do to help people protect threatened species.

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    DVD / 2004 / 25 minutes

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