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Premiere: July 19, 1998, at 8 pm (ET) on PBS. (Watch for repeat showings on your local PBS station.)
From the legendary fury of Mt. Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D. to the devastating convulsion of Kobe, Japan, in 1994, this four-part series -- narrated by actor Stacy Keach -- tells the stories of these great natural disasters, the scientists who struggle to understand and predict them, and the people whose lives are forever changed by their merciless force. In this Web companion piece, original articles by journalists Daniel Pendick and Kathy Svitil explain the science behind volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, and feature original animations that illustrate the action of these natural phenomena. You can also Ask the Experts your questions, and explore other Savage Sites on the Web.
About the Series
Program descriptions, TV schedule, videotape ordering information, and clips from the series.
Hell's Crust: Our Everchanging Planet
Article: The Earth at Work
Sidebar: Probing the Depths
Sidebar: "Black Smokers"
Sidebar: The Ring of Fire
The Restless Planet: Earthquakes
Article: Earth -- All Stressed Out
Sidebar: Learning from Earthquakes
Sidebar: Quake Prediction
Sidebar: Build Smart, Not Hard
Out of the Inferno: Volcanoes
Article: Mountains of Fire
Sidebar: The Volcanoes of North America
Sidebar: Montserrat: An Island Under Siege
Sidebar: Volcanoes on Other Planets
Waves of Destruction: Tsunamis
Article: Surf's Up!
Sidebar: Catching a Tsunami in the Act
Sidebar: Remembrance of Waves Past
The Hot Zones
Ask the Experts
Submit your questions to our natural disaster experts, and read their answers.
An illustrated, annotated guide to the best earthquake, volcano, and tsunami resources on the Web.
Credits for the Web piece and television series.
Presented on PBS by Thirteen/WNET in New York, SAVAGE EARTH is co-produced by Thirteen/WNET and Granada Television.
SAVAGE EARTH is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Photo credits: Lava fountains -- D.A. Swanson, Hawaii Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey; courtesy of the National Geophysical Data Center. Volcanic island of Surtsey -- Howell Williams; courtesy of the National Geophysical Data Center. Damaged apartment -- J. Dewey, U.S. Geological Survey; courtesy of the National Geophysical Data Center. Boat beached by tsunami -- Dennis J. Sigrist, International Tsunami Information Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; courtesy of the National Geophysical Data Center.
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