‘Nova,’ Channel 4 team up on Japan disaster doc

Pioneer Productions in the UK, the company behind Emergency Mine Rescue, is producing the one-hour doc, set to air on PBS March 30.
March 22, 2011

PBS’ ‘Nova’ is teaming up with the UK’s Channel 4 and prodco Pioneer Productions to produce Japan’s Killer Quake, a one-hour doc that promises to take viewers “moment by moment” through the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster.

The doc will feature first-hand accounts from survivors as well as commentary from scientists and experts on the scene.

“As we’ve seen by these recent heartbreaking events, there are forces of nature beyond our control that continue to shape our planet in monumental ways,” said ‘Nova’ senior executive producer Paula Apsell. “In the wake of such human tragedy, ‘Nova’ seeks to investigate and understand the science in order to better predict and prepare for natural catastrophes of this kind.”

Pioneer Productions also produced Emergency Mine Rescue for WGBH/’Nova’, which depicted the circumstances surrounding the Chilean mine disaster.

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