Japan's Tsunami: How It Happened

10:00pm Saturday, March 26 on M4

Japan’s Tsunami: How It Happened , investigates the science behind the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan. It takes viewers on a journey with Professor of Geological Sciences Roger Bilham – in Japan only days after the earthquake struck. The programme follows Roger as he sets off on a mission to view the devastation from the air. In the magnitude 9 earthquake Japan shifted a full 12 feet towards the US. This was one of the biggest earthquakes every measured: the ground along the east side of Japan dropped by almost 10 feet, making the tsunami catastrophic. This documentary also follows renowned journalist Callum Macrae as he travels to the north, where the towns of Sendai and Ofunato used to be bustling fishing villages. Here he views the destruction firsthand and meets the locals struggling to cope in the aftermath.

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