A lifetime of hard work and family possessions can be lost in a single instant during a devastating earthquake. This documentary examines some of the most powerful earthquakes in history and tries to understand their underlying causes. This documentary by filmmaker Claudia Hefner examines some of the most powerful earthquakes in history and tries to understand what causes earthquakes to occur.
Izmit, Turkey, was the site of a violent earthquake in 1999, and When Nature Strikes Back was there as Swiss and German rescue teams worked to save people who had been buried under a collapsed apartment complex.
We follow the story of Mehmet, a 14-year old boy who waits to see if his best friends are saved from the horrible disaster. San Francisco experienced a magnitude 7 earthquake in 1989 that collapsed a portion of a heavily traveled freeway. Arresting interviews with two rescue workers bring the viewer close to the scene in California, as rescue teams from the entire region work to save the last known survivor of that catastrophe. Professor Jochen Zschau of the Geo-Research Institute in Germany, explains the causes and effects of earthquakes and suggests how we might better prepare ourselves to survive.
When Nature Strikes Back: Earthquakes enables viewers to see and hear the stories of earthquake survivors and heroes, and understand how the growing population creates more vulnerability in the face of this natural force.
LENGTH: 1 x 50 Minutes
INTERNATIONAL TRACK: Yes
CLOSED CAPTIONS: Yes
ASPECT RATIO: 4:3
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2000
RELEASE YEAR: 2000
PRODUCER: Langbein & Skalnik Media and Janson Films, for RTL Germany and National Geographic Channels International
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CoProduction: United States of America and Austria
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide