Himalayan Megaquake

The 2015 quake that rocked Nepal was the biggest in 90 years—can we forecast the next one? Airing January 27, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired January 27, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal. As it ripped across the Himalayas, it wiped out villages and left thousands dead. Hear the harrowing stories of the Nepalese people who lived near the epicenter and of survivors trapped on Everest. Through dramatic eyewitness footage, expert interviews, and stunning graphics, NOVA reveals the anatomy of this megaquake while scientists race to answer urgent questions—Is another big one just around the corner? What can we learn from the deadly combination of earthquakes and landslides? And can we rebuild to survive the next big one?

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WRITTEN, PRODUCED, AND DIRECTED BY
Liesl Clark
EDITED BY
Jean Dunoyer
CAMERA
Jake Norton
Liesl Clark
Paul Woodd-Walker
Mark McKnight
Niranjan Thapa
NARRATED BY
Craig Sechler
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Crescent Moegling
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Pete Athans
SOUND RECORDIST
Pete Athans
ASSISTANT CAMERA
Finn Clark
MUSIC
APM
ANIMATION
Mitch Butler
ASSISTANT EDITORS
James Dunoyer
James Harvey
ONLINE EDITOR & COLORIST
David Bigelow
AUDIO MIX
Chris Anderson
RESEARCH
Rachel Klein-Kircher
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Lakpa Sherpa
TRANSLATION
Nawang Tsering Gurung
NEPALI VOICE OVERS
Arina Basnet
Nawang Tsering Gurung
FIXER
Jiban Ghimire
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
AP Archive
Paul Devaney
ESRI World Imagery
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Kathmandu Today
Daniel Lins
NBC Universal
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Newsflare
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Amul Kazi Tuladhar
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Andrew Charelson
Athena Zelandonii
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John Galetzka
Kamal Shrestha
Kat Heldman
Kiranman Chitrakar
London Natural History Museum
Mikk Piiber
Molly Bullard
Mountain Helicopters
Nepal Department of Archaeology
Paul Borrud
Randolph Langenbach
Ratna Mani Gupta
Ratna Pustak Bhandar
Rebecca Bendick
Satish Manpati
Shelley Schwinn
Simon Family Foundation
Steve Angster
Sudeep Acharya
Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research
Tinka Kalajzic
UNESCO
UNAVCO, Inc.
USGS
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research
Yogesh Ojha
FOR SKY VISION
The Day Everest Shook
PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
Dick Bower
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Danny Tipping
Kathy Hale
LEAD & ONLINE EDITOR
Andrew Evans
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Nathan Harrison
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Spirit of the Himalayas
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Diane Toomey
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Caitlin Rotman Saks
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Linda Callahan
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Sarah Erlandson
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Janice Flood
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Susan Rosen
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Melanie Wallace
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Julia Cort
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Alan Ritsko
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Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA Production by Sky Vision and Sky Door Films for WGBH, Sky 1 and National Geographic Channels in association with Sky News

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Original funding for this program was provided by Google, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Image credit: (Nepal)
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Participants

Bruce Gardner
Physician
Lok Bijaya Adhikari
National Seismological Centre
Perry Bartelt
WSL Snow & Avalanche Research
Laxman Bahadur Basnet
Police Force Inspector
Harley Benz
National Earthquake Information Center
Sunita Bhandari
Nepalese American Nurses Association
Roger Bilham
Geologist
David Breashears
GlacierWorks
Yves Buhler
WSL Snow & Avalanche Research
John Elliott
Geophysicist
John Galetzka
Geodesist
Dipendra Gautam
Structural Engineer
Anup Gurung
Kayaker
Ang Tshering Lama
Mountain Guide
Randolph Langenbach
Conservation Architect
Austin Lord
Anthropologist
Unita Magar
Nurse
Andrew Olvera
LA County Fire Captain
Mike Searle
Geologist
Pramila Sunar
Thulo Bhotang Resident
Suraj Vaidya
Nepalese Chamber of Commerce
Kai Weise
Consulting Architect for UNESCO

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