Surviving the Tsunami shows exclusive NHK footage on ground and from
the air in the badly-hit Tohoku region, only minutes after the
earthquake, following the event closely as it unfolded. Together with
invaluable videos recorded by local residents, the documentary
provides an in-depth analysis of the mechanism of the tsunami and
reveals how some people made narrow escapes.
The production team identified and interviewed individuals who appear
on the disaster footage: a woman and her elderly mother clinging onto
a rooftop shouting for help, a man in a car floating in the gushing
water, and a policeman stranded on the bed of his truck as the vehicle
is engulfed by the tsunami.
Living just kilometers away from the sea,
when and how did these people realise the tsunami was coming? What was
their reaction as they found themselves submerged in the muddy waters?
And most importantly, how did they manage to stay alive?
Surviving the Tsunami finds out from first-hand accounts of those who outlived
the waves, shedding light on the essential skills of survival in the
face of life-threatening situations.
The programme also
explores the science behind the enormous strength of the
tsunami which caused immense destruction to the Tohoku region. Due to
its historical prevalence to tsunamis, the Tohoku coast has already
had various measures in place to prevent the waters from reaching its
shores, including the world's tallest breakwater.