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BBC Horizon 2011: 2/4 Japan Earthquake: with Iain Stewart

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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011

Original Broadcast March 27 2011
Professor Iain Stewart examines the powerful geological forces that unleashed the devastating Japanese earthquake, and explores how the release of this power of the planet brought Japan to the brink of a nuclear meltdown.

He follows moment by moment how the earthquake was generated under the Pacific Ocean, traveled to the Japanese mainland, and the rare conditions that unleashed a tsunami.

He also reveals the latest science behind earthquakes - from why we can't predict them, to what causes some of them to reach such power.

Iain shows why our civilization has developed such a dangerous relationship with earthquakes, and why millions of us continue to live in earthquake zones across the world.

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