THE PLOT THUS FAR
Just before 11 a.m. on March 22, 2014, an ominous rumble startled the residents of the community of Oso, Washington. It was the terrifying sound of what would become the United States’ deadliest landslide in decades. The equivalent of one million dump truck loads of earth came plummeting down the valley. In a little over two minutes, a pile of debris up to 75 feet deep slammed into the neighborhood of close to 50 homes.
While a massive search and rescue effort continues at the site, geologists are tracing the geological history of Oso to explain why the site was so unstable. But all around the world, scientists have reason to fear that the worst is yet to come. Globally, landslides and other ground failures take a tremendous human and economic toll, and with climate change bringing a sharp rise in precipitation, the threat of bigger, more frequent landslides is growing. As NOVA surveys landslide danger zones, discover how and why landslides happen, and how radar monitoring technologies could help issue life-saving warnings.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Killer Landslides” is look at how scientists believe that landslides are coming to kill us all. The documentary is framed around the tragedy that happened in Washington last year, but scientists believe that we’re all in danger. When NOVA gets going, they have a way of scaring the hell out of viewers. But, I found the way that these events are monitored to be far more fascinating. Maybe, I’m just a weirdo like that. Natural disasters have a way of capturing one’s attention.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with standard definition PBS documentaries. The transfer isn’t amazing, but it works. The same goes for the Dolby audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
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