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The Next Pompeii? Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:50 2007-11-27  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Vesuvius in Italy is perhaps the world's most famous -- and dangerous -- volcano. In 79AD, it destroyed the metropolis of Pompeii. Today, experts fear that Vesuvius could erupt again and wipe the city of Naples from the map. Details
L.A.'s Killer Quake Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:51 2007-11-20  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     It has been a century since the infamous 1906 San Francisco earthquake and Californians live with the knowledge that it's only a matter of time before they're hit again. Los Angeles is the second most populous city in America. If an earthquake hit directly beneath downtown LA, scientists believe that tens of thousands would be killed. Just how would the city respond to a 7.5 magnitude quake? Take a look at how well the emergency responders could cope. A CGI worst-case scenario will show the incredible damage and destruction that would cripple one of the most important cities in the world. Details
Oil Apocalypse Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:50 2007-11-13  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The world we've created runs on oil, but the oil won't last forever. Many experts predict that it will begin to run out sometime this century. We are now living in a world in which the gap between supply and demand is ever increasing. Can we find enough new cost-effective methods to extract the oil that remains and buy the time we need to develop alternative energy systems? While some say technology will save us, others believe it's already too late. The best-case scenario is a worldwide depression -- far worse than that of the 1930s. The worst-case scenario? Try to imagine what happens when our industry, our agriculture and our communications grind to a halt. What ensues is a deadly scramble for the basic necessities of life -- neighbor against neighbor, nation against nation -- as the struggle descends into outright warfare. Details
Super Swarms Mega Disasters, Season 2 45:01 2007-11-06  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The Locust is one of the most destructive and dreaded life forms on Earth. The very name evokes a primordial shudder in human kind that originated with Moses and the plagues of Egypt. The American Pioneers too faced catastrophes created by swarms of locust. They endured the largest swarm ever recorded. It was 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide. The thick cloud of creatures blocked the sun for five days and devoured half of America's harvest. Famine followed, hundreds died and thousands faced starvation. Entomologists today still seek to comprehend, contain and control these infamous insects. A recent study indicates that swarms of locusts may, one day return to plague the United States. Details
Mega Drought Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:49 2007-11-03  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Recent warming trends in seawater and air temperature point to a possible mega drought in the next thirty to fifty years. Could we be facing a replay of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s on an even bigger scale? Scientists working with government authorities are highly cognizant of the need to conserve. Is it too late? Jump ahead to a scenario seventy years into the future--a twelve-year drought has left the country unstable and economically depressed. Cities across the west lie abandoned, states fight over limited water supplies and we are now dependant on other nations for food. Society has devolved into a desperate battle for survival as individuals fight over the scarce resource. Details
NY Earthquake Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:19 2007-10-23  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Most people don't think of New York City as earthquake country, but it has been shaken by significant quakes in 1737 and 1884. Picture a busy midweek morning in the heart of Manhattan and hundreds of thousands of commuters are on their way to work. Suddenly the ground shakes violently, and a deafening roar thunders through the city. The beaches turn to quicksand, high-rise buildings sway and elevators strand thousands. Take a look at the effects an earthquake would have on New York and its infrastructure--and the havoc it could wreak on the city. Details
Alien Infection Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:50 2007-10-16  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Could an alien infection cause an epidemic on earth? Some experts believe that spacecraft returning from Mars could bring back a harmful sample or comet dust falling into our atmosphere could cause pandemics. One astronomer believes that the Influenza of 1918, which killed between 50-100 million people, was one such outbreak and that another "infection" could decimate the world's population. Astrobiologists are now poised to bring Mars samples back to earth to examine them in a Bio 4 level safety lab. In a hypothetical future disaster scenario, track how comet dust would seed the earth with a virulent virus. Quarantine measures don't work and panic ensues. Details
Methane Explosion Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:50 2007-10-09  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Scientific theory states that gigantic eruptions of methane gas from deep in the ocean have occurred regularly throughout history. Although a global-scale methane eruption today is highly unlikely, there are stagnant, oxygen-poor basins in the ocean where methane might accumulate. Even a small explosion would cause a catastrophe. Imagine what would happen if such an event occurred in the mid-Pacific--tsunamis would be generated in continuous waves, striking Hawaii and the entire West Coast. Coastal areas would be flooded for miles inland. Methane/water clouds would auto-ignite, the massive fires will cause a nuclear-winter. Consequences could be global. Most plant life would be destroyed and whatever humanity survives, will be thrown into a Dark Age. Details
Hawaii Apocalypse Mega Disasters, Season 2 43:53 2007-10-02  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Mauna Loa, Hawaii, 1868, in its most spectacular eruption, spewed out enough lava to cover 40 percent of the Big Island. A similar eruption occurred in 1950. Now that the island has become developed, the potential for damage and loss from a major eruption is astronomical. Small villages have been replaced by large tourist resorts and luxury homes--over 150,000 residents will be at risk. Using state-of-the-art computer animation, take a look at how an event similar to 1868 would impact Hawaii. Watch buildings crumble during large earthquakes, see homes and resorts destroyed by speeding lava, and what's left of the island drown under tsunamis and mudflows. Thousands of people could be dead and the economy of this island paradise would be destroyed for years to come. Details
Glacier Meltdown Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:51 2007-09-25  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     With scientists in complete agreement that the climate is warming, many climatologists are warning that intense and prolonged droughts could ravage the interior of the Western United States, leading to catastrophic water shortages. Could we be facing a replay of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s on an even bigger scale? Details
Gamma Ray Burst Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:51 2007-09-18  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Scientists at the University of Kansas believe gamma ray bursts were responsible for a great mass extinction on Earth 450 million years ago. The gamma rays strip away the ozone layer and generate chemical smog, producing a widespread chill that grips the Earth. It would cause food chains to collapse resulting in a prolonged worldwide famine. Also, an expected electromagnetic pulse will zap all of our electronics. Scientists predict the Earth will be able to support only 5 to 10 percent of its current population; that means close to 6 billion people will die--most by starvation. How will our modern cities hold up in the face of a previous global catastrophe? Details
Krakatoa's Revenge Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:51 2007-09-11  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     In 1883, Krakatoa, the most famous and feared volcano on Earth, erupted. Gigantic explosions blew the volcano to bits, which triggered massive lava flows that generated huge tsunamis. Nearly 37,000 died, the greatest death toll caused by a volcanic eruption. It could happen again. Watch as state of the art models, 3D animations and practical demonstrations show how the eruption occurred. Leading experts speculate on the impact of a mega eruption today. Would the resulting colossal ash cloud cause a worldwide catastrophe? Details
Comet Catastrophe Mega Disasters, Season 2 44:25 2007-09-04  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The cause of the Biblical Great Flood may have been a massive three-mile wide comet that crashed in the Indian Ocean, 4,800 years ago. It is believed to have decimated over 60% of Earth's population. A similar comet, crashing into the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco, could cause millions of casualties followed by a lethal mega tsunami, earthquake, torrential rains and a nuclear winter. Is the next massive impact just around the corner? Details
California's Katrina Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:11 2006-09-19  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The floods that destroyed so much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina showed how fragile levee systems can be. Now, experts believe a devastating flood could also strike Sacramento. The levees that are supposed to protect the area from two rivers could fail and a 250-mile area could become an inland sea. By revisiting the Katrina disaster, we witness what happens when a city floods. A catastrophic failure of the Sacramento levee system would be similar to the New Orleans disaster, but it could be worse. If those levees fail, thousands of lives would be in jeopardy and the devastation could extend beyond the Sacramento delta. A levee break would s**k in salt water from the San Francisco Bay, fouling California's water supply and destroying one of the world's most important agricultural areas. Details
Mega Freeze Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:10 2006-08-15  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Could North America and parts of Europe be headed for a "big chill?" Many experts fear that an abrupt climate change could have catastrophic effects across the planet, including devastating winters in some northern regions. New research has indicated to scientists that the climate is changing rapidly and unpredictably. In different parts of the world, we could be facing drought, floods, storms and extreme cold. Cataclysmic climate changes, similar to what may happen to us, have happened in the past. The great Mayan civilization was knocked out by drought in a few generations. The Little Ice Age battered Europe. Within a decade, freezing temperatures increased and incessant storms brought starvation, disease, and death to millions. Could this happen again? We may have little time to prepare. In fact, it may already be too late to prevent a global disaster. A new sudden alteration of the environment could threaten the very survival of the human species. Details
Firestorm Mega Disasters, Season 1 44:28 2006-08-01  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     On the morning of December 6, 1917, the French steamer Mont Blanc, loaded with 2,300 tons of picric acid and 200 tons of TNT, was making its way through the narrows of the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Suddenly, it collided with the Norwegian ship Imo. As oily flames shot into the sky and the crews scrambled into lifeboats, women and children came to their windows to watch, mesmerized by the flames. The empty Mont Blanc burned for 20 minutes, then -- without warning -- exploded. The blast is the biggest non-nuclear manmade explosion ever: 1600 homes destroyed, 6,000 people left homeless, 200 people blinded and over 2000 killed. Details
East Coast Tsunami Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:10 2006-07-18  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Floods. Blizzards. Frightening but all too familiar natural disasters. But what about a tsunami wave hitting the east coast of the United States? In this hour, we look at such an event that could be caused by a massive island landslide triggered by a volcano off the coast of Africa. We explore the awesome tsunami recorded by German colonists in New Guinea triggered by a volcanic explosion on Ritter Island in 1888. Leaping forward, we hear from leading scientists about the possibility of a potentially catastrophic collapse of the west-facing fa├žade of a volcano located in the Canary Islands. Potentially 500 times the size of the collapse at Ritter Island, it could trigger a tsunami with initial waves over 900 meters high. A North American city on the eastern seaboard, such as Charleston, South Carolina, would have no more than nine hours to evacuate before waves as high as 40 feet inundated the city, leaving a huge wake of destruction and damage. Details
Windy City Tornado Mega Disasters, Season 1 44:39 2006-07-11  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Chicago is known as the "Windy City," but many believe a tornado can't strike a downtown filled with massive high-rise skyscrapers. It is a dangerous misconception. In 1967, a destructive high-speed tornado screamed along a 16-mile path through the south Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn and all the way to Lake Michigan. Had the path been just ten miles to the north, the twister would have punched its way right into the Loop. The city's emergency officials say it bluntly: "Chicago is at high risk for tornadoes." In 1967, 33 people died. In the future, how many more will be at risk? Will the city's skyscrapers survive? It happened before, it can happen again. Details
Yellowstone Eruption Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:10 2006-06-27  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The largest and most active volcano system in the world is right here in the western United States. Six hundred thousand years ago, the Yellowstone volcano erupted. Lava and pyroclastic flows covered 3,000 square miles and ash covered half the United States, three feet thick. Fossils found as far away as Nebraska were found to have died from inhaling the Yellowstone debris. If -- or perhaps we should say, "when" -- it erupts again, the Yellowstone "Mega-volcano" will create a global cataclysm beyond human comprehension. Everything within 150 miles of the eruption -- including the cities of Cody, Wyoming and Bozeman, Montana -- will be hit by an 800-degree blast of heat and 200 miles-per-hour winds. Thousands will be killed. That's just the local effects. Half the US will be buried beneath a blanket of volcanic ash 10 feet thick. Crops in the Midwest -- the world's breadbasket -- will be destroyed. It will take years before crops can grow again. Starvation, epidemics, social chaos would be not long in coming. Details
Earthquake In the Heartland Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:10 2006-06-13  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Could a killer earthquake strike America's heartland? If history proves true, the answer is yes. The 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes (centered in southeast Missouri) rank as some of North America's most catastrophic natural disasters. Stretching more than 160 miles, a system of earthquake faults lurks beneath the Mississippi River basin, loaded and ready to erupt. And it's happened before. Pioneer residents of New Madrid, Missouri were thrown from their beds in the early hours of December 16, 1811 when an estimated 8-point earthquake hit. But it wasn't just one event. Multiple shocks were experienced over the next three months--the largest caused the Mississippi to flow backwards. No earthquake sequence has lasted so long, produced so many shocks, nor created such astonishing phenomena on land and water. The New Madrid Fault remains a seismically active area and experts expect a repeat. The only question is when— Details
Asteroid Apocalypse Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:11 2006-06-06  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Many scientists now believe that a "killer asteroid" wiped out the dinosaurs and 70% of all living things 160-million years ago. How likely is it that a similar event can occur again? In this episode, we explore the catastrophic effects of a 2-kilometer-long asteroid hitting just off the coast of Los Angeles. Using the Chicxulub asteroid impact of 160-million years ago (the one that killed off the dinosaurs), we watch--moment by moment--as the blast annihilates not just Los Angeles, but communities within 100 miles of the coast. A firestorm consumes much of southern California and tsunamis wreak havoc up and down the entire western US coast. The resultant dust cloud covers much of the Midwest, devastating crops for at least a year. Millions of people die from the direct effects of the impact, and millions suffer a famine the likes of which the world has never seen. The good news is that technology has given us the tools to--perhaps--avert such a disaster. Details
American Volcano Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:11 2006-05-30  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens alerted scientists and the world to the dangers of an explosive volcano in the Cascade Range. St. Helens erupted in a fiery blast that killed every living thing within a 25-mile radius and unleashed the biggest landslide in recorded history. Now Mount Rainier, St. Helens' stately relative to the north and just 60 miles east of Seattle, threatens an even greater loss of life and property. This 14,000-foot peak holds more ice and snow than all the other volcanoes in the Cascade Range combined. Even a small eruption at Rainier could unleash a debris mudslide of gigantic proportion that would entomb several towns in the valley below. Tens of thousands of people are in grave danger. Geologists say that it's not a question of if Rainier will erupt... but when. Rainier is an active volcano. Experts take the risk so seriously that they have mapped out the hazard zone and engineered a sophisticated warning system. But when Rainier blows, the window for evacuation is small. People have to have an efficient evacuation plan in place, or else the loss of lives will be incredible. Details
New York City Hurricane Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:02 2006-05-23  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     What would happen if a category 3 hurricane were to hit New York City? With an awesomely high storm surge and intense winds attacking one of the most heavily populated and economically vital locations in the world, the potential for massive destruction is almost unprecedented. We explore the less-known but extensive history of previous northeast hurricanes -- especially the "Great Hurricane" of 1938 -- in order to create empirical evidence that a storm of this size is not a science fiction movie but a very real possibility in the near future. Time is also taken to explore the scientific nature and origins of hurricanes and to get an overview of some of the scientific and engineering changes that are taking place in the field of hurricane damage prevention. Using computer animation, models and re-creations the story concludes with a jaw-dropping view of what a storm like this might look like from inside the Big Apple. Details
Tornado Alley Twister Mega Disasters, Season 1 45:30 2006-05-16  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     What happens when the most intense tornado ever measured strikes Dallas, Texas? With winds clocked at 318 miles per hour, the monster twister carves a path through the city up to a mile wide. It happened once before, just two hundred miles to the north in Oklahoma City. There in May 1999 a "Megatornado" scoured the earth for 85 minutes along a 38-mile path. 43 people died and property damage was enormous. It became history's first billion-dollar tornado. But in more-densely developed Dallas, the scenario is worse: as many as a thousand dead... and FIVE billion dollars in damage. Details
West Coast Tsunami Mega Disasters, Season 1 44:55 2006-05-09  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     What would happen if a massive earthquake and tsunami were to strike the West Coast of the United States? Experts say it could easily match the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in scale and might. A 700-mile stretch of coast, from northern California to southern British Columbia lies just off the extremely volatile Cascadia Subduction Zone. Many seismologists say that after more than 300 years of massive pressure build-up, it is likely to erupt in the not too distant future. And it has happened in the past. Geologists have discovered evidence of a massive tsunami that struck the Pacific Northwest in 1700 -- as powerful as the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. Hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake. Emergency planners, seismologists and other researchers are trying to get a handle on when Cascadia will blow, what it will look like and what - if anything -we can do to minimize the disaster. Details
Airborne Attack Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:56   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Anthrax is the most feared of all the biological weapons--spores entering the body through the lungs are lethal. In 2001, a simple letter, sent through the US mail, paralyzed a nation, when anthrax spores were found inside. Experts predict that anthrax released over a populated area would result in unprecedented loss of life--a few pounds of anthrax released under the right conditions could kill hundreds of thousands of people. Will anthrax be used to create a worldwide disaster? Details
Atlantis Apocalypse Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:57   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Volcanoes can erupt suddenly and without warning, unleashing the most destructive forces on earth. More than 3500 years ago, the Greek island of Santorini experienced one of the worst volcanic disasters in human history. It was one of the largest eruptions in the last 100,000 years. Today Santorini is a striking geological formation attracting more than a million tourists every year. This circular archipelago of five islands is located 150 miles southeast of mainland Greece in the Aegean Sea. While Thera was obliterated in explosions of poison ash and lava, it's believed the coast of Crete was wiped out by the resulting tsunami. And perhaps the biggest loss from this mega disaster: the destruction of an exceptional civilization that could have changed the course of history. The Minoan people lived in one of the most advanced and innovative civilizations of their era. But for all of their refinement and modernity, the Minoans inhabiting these islands could never have imagined or prepared for the cataclysm awaiting their society. The annihilation of Minoan culture was so fantastically catastrophic, that the event may have planted the seed for one of history's most enduring myths. The cataclysmic event in 1645 BC destroyed a civilization and spawned a legend. Many believe it was the inspiration for Plato's myth of Atlantis. In his famous dialogues, Plato, tells of a utopian society living on an oceanic island he calls Atlantis. "In a single day and night of misfortune" the island vanishes under the sea, "Sunk by angry gods, the culture disappears forever without a trace." Will history repeat itself? The same geological forces that ripped apart the ancient world still roil beneath the surface today. The island and the entire eastern Mediterranean remain under threat from another volcano submerged off the coast, Kolumbo. A mere five miles northeast of the island lies Kolumbo ... An underwater volcano. For Santorini, and the surrounding region, this hidden giant is a clear and present danger. Could the next mega disaster be heating up beneath the Aegean Sea? Are we on the verge of another Atlantis Apocalypse? Details
Comet Storm Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     13,000 years ago, a large comet exploded over eastern Canada unleashing a mass of burning fragments that ignited a mega storm of fire spreading for thousands of miles. Nearly every living thing on the North American continent was destroyed, including an ancient civilization known as the Clovis. 3-D computer animations will recreate this storm and offer an idea of the level of destruction a similar comet explosion would cause today. Details
Dam Break Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Modern dams are marvels of engineering but after decades of neglect the U.S. infrastructure is in crisis and by 2020, 85% of U.S. dams may be near their breaking point. When the South Fork Dam near Johnstown, PA gave way in a storm in 1889, killing 2200 people, it was the worst disaster in U.S. history. Today, with millions of Americans living nearby massive dams, the result of a failure could be catastrophic. Details
Deadly Jet Collision Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Since commercial aviation truly began in the 1930s, the romance of air travel has been marred by the tragedy of crashes. Today, the sky above is safer than ever before but the ground below has become more perilous. That was tragically proven in March, 1977, on the island of Tenerife part of the Canary Island chain where 583 people were killed when two Boeing 747s collided at Los Rodeos Airport. It was the worlds and histories - worst aviation disaster. Though decades have passed, root causes for the tragedy at Tenerife remain with us today. It could happen again. But, with next-generation airliners, able to carry more passengers than ever before, a similar collision now would dwarf the death toll at Tenerife. The problem is runway incursions, meaning any incorrect presence of aircraft, vehicles or persons on an airfield. For the last decade, the U.S. has seen roughly 300 incursions per year. Most are not serious, but some have been very near misses and others have taken lives. On February 1, 1991, at Los Angeles International Airport, a controller cleared a Boeing 737 to land on a runway where a small commuter plane had already been ordered to hold. The two planes collided both were destroyed and 34 people lost their lives. Serious efforts are being made to mitigate incursions but with air traffic expected to double or triple by 2020, we could be heading toward a perfect storm for a cataclysmic crash. The scenario is not hard to imagine. Sometime in the next decade, a hypothetical flight from Denver has just landed at a busy American airport. As it taxis toward the terminal, the pilot makes a wrong turn and heads toward an active runway where a next generation airliner, bound for New York, has just been cleared for takeoff. The Captain throttles up engines and hurtles down the runway just as the Denver flight enters its path. Seconds ahead, over a thousand people will die in the flames of burning jet fuel. Unless significant changes continue to be made in airport infrastructure, aviation technology, and professional training, any American airport could be the site of the next Mega Disaster. Details
Glow Train Catastrophe Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     March, 1996. A freight train carrying roughly one-million pounds of propane derails in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. One of the tankers goes off like a bomb and the entire town is evacuated. In 2001, a train tunnel fire billows clouds of hydrochloric acid over Baltimore's downtown core. Luckily, neither accident resulted in injury or death. While these and similar scenarios pose warnings of transporting dangerous goods, the possibility of an even greater catastrophe may have recently increased. The U.S. Department of Energy plans to transport 77,000 tons of nuclear waste across the country by land, sea and rail. If the proposal is realized, we may be open to a potential disaster that could kill more than a thousand, and costs billions to clean up. Details
Hypercane Mega Disasters, Season 3 43:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     65 million years ago a massive asteroid crashed into Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. 75% of all life on earth vanished; but could a single asteroid have been the lone killer? Theories about what happened after the impact have been speculated on by the entire scientific community. Ranging from global warming to lethal worldwide firestorms, ideas have been put forth--but none have been proven. Then in 1995 a new theory claimed that a powerful mega storm known as a Hypercane caused the extinction. The Hypercane allegedly reaches 20 miles into the stratosphere and has wind speeds of up to 700 miles per hour. 3-D computer animations will reveal how this storm could have brought down nearly all life on the planet. Details
Mega Tsunami Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     In 6,000 B.C., 8,000 years before the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, waves taller than the Statue of Liberty ravaged the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, devastating ancient villages and killing untold numbers. Watch as a team of scientist's piece together evidence of this mega storm and reveal the face of this ancient tsunami for the first time. 3-D computer generated animation recreates the massive waves that may have changed the course of history. Details
Noah's Great Flood Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:50   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Could the biblical story of Noah be true? 8,000 years ago, rising sea levels had global oceans surging. With the power of all the world's oceans at its back, the Mediterranean Sea burst through the Bosporus Strait in modern-day Turkey with cataclysmic force. When the flood was over the sea had claimed a landmass twice the size of Ireland. This prehistoric mega storm may have been the greatest natural disaster in the history of humankind. 3-D computer animation will recreate what this lethal flood may have looked like. Details
Prehistoric English Superflood Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:54   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Could the island nation of Great Britain have once been connected to Europe by land? Listen to a new theory and evidence which suggests that the English Channel was created by one of the largest floods ever. Did a violent storm re-shape the European continent? Might this happen again? Dramatic 3-D animations recreate what this prehistoric mega storm may have looked like and unravel the mystery behind the creation of England. Details
Toxic Cloud Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:55   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Chemistry has changed our way of life. From the gasoline in our cars, to the quality of water we drink, to the furniture we sit on. But with modern industry come hazards and risk, including potentially the explosive release of a dangerous chemical. Today, there are numerous facilities where there is the potential for the release of a toxic cloud that could stretch for miles. History points to the very real potential for disaster. On April 16th, 1947, in the Port of Texas City a cargo ship, the Grand Camp, with a hold full of the ammonia nitrate exploded in what would be the equivalent of a hydrogen bomb going off. It was a week before all of the fires were extinguished. More than 500 people were dead, 3,500 injured, 2,000 were left homeless and a third of the homes were condemned. Texas City is still a hub for the chemical industry. An average of 22 vessels a day move 60 million tons of cargo through the port and about 97 percent of which are petroleum and chemicals for the refineries. Refineries are the largest users of hydrofluoric acid or HF, one of the most dangerous commercially handled chemicals. Of the 153 refineries across America, 50 still in use and store hydrofluoric acid, it's used as a catalyst in the refinery process to make high-octane gasoline. Another chemical of high concern is chlorine. The EPA estimates that at least 1,200 plants store at 2,500 pounds of it or more. Chlorine is used in wastewater treatment plants to purify sewage. Industry-wide efforts are underway across the country to find alternatives to these dangerous chemicals, but can safer chemicals be introduced in time to prevent a disaster? Emergency responders in communities with chemical and petrochemical facilities are training for any sort of spill, release or explosion, but are there enough safety procedures in place to protect us? Where residential and industrial areas sit side by side, a toxic cloud could jeopardize an entire community within minutes. If there were a very rapid release in the middle of a large population, it would be possible for thousands of people to die. Could a Toxic Cloud be the next mega disaster? Details
Volcanic Winter Mega Disasters, Season 3 44:49   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The largest volcanic eruption of the past two million years occurred on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, 75,000 years ago. The impact from the super volcano Toba decimated the local habitat, but gas, ash and debris from Toba made their way around the planet and formed a shield in the atmosphere that deflected the sun's warming rays. Temperatures plummeted and the planet was thrown into a volcanic winter and may have even pushed the planet into an ice age. 3-D computer animation will recreate the storm and unveil how this one volcano could have brought humanity to the edge of extinction. Details

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