Monday, March 16, 2015

NBC Dateline airs "Escape: Swept Away" special about the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean

NBC Dateline aired a special  (2 hrs)“Escape: Swept Away” about people surviving the tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, that would strike Thailand and many other areas around the Indian Ocean. The link is here

The documentary stresses the true stories of many families.  Particularly important is the surprise, and the way various people realized that this unusual behavior of the water in the ocean really did mean a tsunami.

One teenage boy had dreamed about an auto accident that happened, and then dreamed about the tsunami, but the family went anyway.

One family was snorkeling when the beginning of the wave started.

One man reports begging another to abandon his own family to save him, a complete stranger.

The middle portion of the film documents “the third wave”.

This documentary makes a good supplement to “The Impossible” reviewed Dec. 21, 2012 here.
Wikipedia attribution link for NOAA map of trusnami travel times (p.d.) 

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