I watched this program when it first aired, and it was everything I’ve come to expect from NOVA and more. It ran in two parts, with an addendum made up of more personal stories from the survivors.
There were several things that struck me in this show. One was amateur video of a phenomenon geologists have described, but that I’d never seen: liquified soils squirting up from fissures in pavement. It is an amazing thing to see, and not a little disquieting. The other was the animated timeline map showing the location of all of the earthquakes and aftershocks that made up the totality of this event. They appear as red dots along a series of fault lines over a period of two months. It is a stunning overview of an earthquake event the likes of which I had not seen before. It is also a testament to the forces of geology that so many are willing to dismiss as “acts of God”.
The program can be viewed on-line.