Articles & Notes — January 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

Japan makes a documentary on March 11 earthquake

I’m sure you’re all aware of this absolutely horrible 9.0 earthquake that triggered a 30 foot tsunami which was observed all over the Pacific region and caused tremendous devastation.

The thing is, there’s a documentary being made, which chronicles recovery efforts in the wake of Japan’s catastrophe.

Famous actor Ken Watanabe is set to appear in the documentary.

He will explore various aspects of the post-disaster landscape in northeastern Japan, introducing the revival of local industries and opinions on how the region should be rebuilt.

According to ScreenDaily, this would be a feature-length documentary film, co-produced by Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Japanese public broadcaster NHK and Singapore’s Bang Productions.

Film’s premiere is scheduled for January 25-29 in Davos (Switzerland), during the World Economic Forum.

The film, whose title is yet to be announced, will premiere in Japan and internationally in March on the first anniversary of the disaster.

The March 11 earthquake was the 4th biggest in the world and the largest in Japan since instrumental recordings began in 1900. The National Police Agency of Japan reported over 15 000 deaths and over 3500 missing people as a result of the disaster.

This is also the deadliest tsunami since the 2004 magnitude 9.1 Sumatra earthquake and tsunami caused nearly 230,000 deaths and $10 billion in damage.

This is the most devastating earthquake to occur in Japan since the 1995 Kobe earthquake caused over 5,500 deaths and the deadliest tsunami since the 1993 Hokkaido earthquake generated a tsunami which was responsible for over 200 deaths.

The tsunami washed over embankments, swamping several coastal communities. The wave knocked down power lines and swept cars, homes and massive islands of debris out to sea.

Buildings collapsed and landslides were reported in several communities along the 2,100-kilometre stretch of coastline. The quake and the aftershocks sparked dozens of fires in towns and cities in the northern prefectures of Fukushima, Sendai, Iwate and Ibaraki.

Some of the dozens of aftershocks were severe — two registered 7.1 and 6.6 in magnitude, according to the USGS.

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