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Follow PBS’s NOVA as they explore the effects of Japan’s largest recorded earthquake, the 2011 Touhoku Earthquake in the above documentary collated by TopDocumentaryFilms. 東日本大震災 (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) was a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that occurred on Friday, March 11, 2011 around 2:45 PM JST. According to Wikipedia it was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded by Japan since measurements began and one of the top five most powerful earthquakes of all time. The aftermath of the earthquake recalled the post-World War II era, with massive destruction and deprivation experienced universally in the earthquake afflicted areas. After the earthquake came the tsunami that, at 9 feet tall on average, was rated at the Japanese Meteorological Agency’s highest grade. This colossal wall of moving water destroyed entire towns and added to the woes of the earthquake. From the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and the controversies surrounding it, to the amazing calm displayed by the majority of the Japanese people in the face of chaos, are both a part of one of the greatest human dramas to be recorded with modern technology. Enjoy!
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