Witness Disaster

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Nature Documentary hosted by Campbell Scott, published by National Geographic in 2012 - English narration

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National Geographic presents dramatic images and stories and takes you to the front-line to witness some of the worst natural disasters around the world. Eyewitness accounts and never-before-seen footage reveal the devastation and tragedy caused by deadly earthquake and tsunami, and see what happens inside the heart of a whirling tornado. 'Witness Disaster' uses a range of footage to capture natural disasters as they happen. We use amateur footage, photographs, news reports, raw documentary shots and CCTV footage to piece together the story of each event in a unique and compelling style. Our footage is supported by interviews with those who actually experienced the disaster. They tell the story of what happened, as it happened, from a first hand perspective. These interviews, alongside the footage, allow the viewer to be drawn into the event and gauge what it was like to actually experience it. We use very limited narration, so our stories are told purely through the film that we have gathered and the voice of our interviewees. Produced by Siskel/Jacobs Productions for National Geographic Channels

[edit] Disaster in Japan

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck 75 miles off the northeastern coast of Japan, violently shaking Tokyo more than two hundred miles away.
Almost immediately, tsunami warnings blared, urging residents along Japan's coast to move to higher ground. For the next several hours, residents watched in stunned horror as a series of massive waves slammed into the coast, inundating entire towns and laying waste to everything in their path. Throughout, amateur videographers, news crews, government agencies, tourists, and countless others were capturing the sights and sounds of the unfolding catastrophe.
Aired just a month after the events took place, Witness: Disaster in Japan weaves together this harrowing footage, reconstructing the earthquake and tsunami as they happened, through the eyes of those who experienced them.

[edit] Tornado Swarm 2011

April 2011 was the most violent month of tornadoes on record, and the deadliest in modern times. From Texas to New York, more than 700 tornadoes caused widespread damage and loss of life. The "super outbreak" of April 26-28 alone involved over three hundred separate twisters, killing hundreds of people and cutting a swath of destruction across the south.
Using dozens of amateur and professional sources, Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011 tells the story of this once-in-a-century event, as captured by those who lived through it. The show takes viewers to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina as a powerful tornado tears though the campus; inside St. Louis' Lambert International Airport, where a large tornado slams into its busy concourses while unsuspecting travelers await their flights; and finally to Alabama, where a monstrous, half-mile wide twister barrels through the city of Tuscaloosa, killing 65 and causing an estimated S100 million in damage.
Constructed entirely out of raw footage, Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011 is a harrowing reminder of the awesome power of nature's fury.

[edit] Joplin Tornado

April 2011 was the most violent month of tornados in history. From Texas to New York, more than 700 twisters touched down that month, killing over 300 people. The weeks that followed, however, saw a break in the pattern of severe weather; the worst, it seemed, was over.
Then came Sunday, May 22nd. That afternoon, just after 5:00 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Joplin, Missouri. The day was sunny and the weather calm, so many in Joplin paid little heed to the sirens they so frequently hear in springtime. By the time they realized what was happening, it was too late—an EF-5 tornado packing winds of 200 miles an hour was carving a mile-wide path through the center of the city. The tornado sheared off two floors of the city's main hospital, demolished dozens of businesses and churches, and rendered whole neighborhoods unrecognizable. In the end, the storm would leave 161 dead and more than a thousand injured.
Weaving together dozens of professional and amateur archival sources, along with dramatic interviews with the people behind the cameras, Witness: Joplin Tornado reconstructs the deadliest twister in modern times, through the eyes of those who lived through it. In doing so, it serves as both a visceral, you-are-there account of nature's wrath at its most ferocious, and a powerful testament to the spirit of the people of Joplin.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 3 326 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 45 min
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 1.16 GB
Source: HDTV 720p MPEG2 (Thanks to TrollHD)
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