NHK tsunami documentary wins Peabody Award
NHK’s documentary “Surviving the Tsunami” was a winner at this year’s George Foster Peabody Award. The 58-minute-long program was broadcast by 60 broadcasters in 44 countries and regions, NHK said.
The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 registered magnitude 9.0, the worst ever recorded in the country. It generated a tsunami of unprecedented scale, obliterating coastal villages and towns in a matter of minutes. In some areas, the tsunami reached 39 meters in height and traveled 6 kilometers inland. What caused the giant tsunami? And how did people escape its violent waters?
“Surviving the Tsunami” draws out the lessons of what needs to be done to protect precious lives from the threat of giant tsunami. Combining its own archival footage with video shot by ordinary citizens, the documentary meticulously examined what happened the day the monster wave hit and what Japan’s people and leaders can learn from it.