On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm local time, an M9 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan triggered a huge tsunami, flooding 650 km of coastline, destroying many cities and towns and claiming the lives of more than 18,000 victims. With footage filmed at the centre of the disaster, the documentary 3/11-The Tsunami will give a first-hand look into people’s experiences on that day and the hardships they were faced with in the aftermath.
The footage filmed in 2011 and 2012 by NHK and eyewitnesses in the disaster-hit areas have been collected and edited together in chronological order to convey the impact of this unprecedented disaster that crushed buildings and cars and led to nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Episode 1 focuses on the first three days while episode 2 covers the first year after the disaster. The series also serves as a valuable lesson: In the event of a powerful tsunami, what action can be taken to survive?
Episode 1 will be broadcast by NHK World-Japan on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 02:10 CET, 08:10 CET, 14:10 CET and 20:10 CET with episode 2 airing on the following Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 02:10 CET, 08:10 CET, 14:10 CET and 20:10 CET.