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Coastal dwellers may want to move to higher ground after watching this new footage of the Japanese tsunami

Coastal dwellers may want to move to higher ground after watching this new footage of the Japanese tsunami

In March 2011, I sat on the edge of my chair, paralysed by the footage pouring into the media of the destruction caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The clip above — a video that only recently emerged — illustrates the disaster as it developed.

  • 1:50 – Small wave appears on the surface of the river; note the water level has dramatically reduced and sirens begin to wail.
  • 3:20 – The wave picks up force, ripping at the edges of the bank and destroying moored boats.
  • 4:10 – The wave hits a small bridge.
  • 6:20 – The power of the water picks up very quickly, and you begin to see a lot of debris.
  • 7:40 – The person filming has now retreated to higher ground and witnesses the banks of the river burst and water flood a playground where he/she was standing a minute before.
  • 8:20 – A bridge disappears.
  • 10:55 – Debris, cars, and houses storm past, and the playground is completely flooded.
  • 18:55 – The water calms, leaving its wake clearly visible.
  • 22:43 – Looks like a scene from Apocalypse Now.


Watch the video: Tsunamis in the Pacific Ring of Fire (December 2020).