Season 32, Episode 16 The Wave That Shook the World

First Aired: March 29, 2005

“The Wave That Shook the World” (on Dec. 26, 2004) offers an hour-by-hour timeline of the tsunami that killed 220,000 people and the earthquake (the fifth strongest in recorded history) that triggered it. The hour includes comments by scientists that are equal parts scientific dispassion and human emotion. But there's nothing dispassionate about the eyewitness accounts from Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. “It was like the aftermath of an atomic bomb,” says photojournalist Geoff Mackley.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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