Discovery Channel will air Earthquake: Disaster in Nepal, a new programme that will explore the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on 25th April, 2015 and the subsequent 7.3-magnitude earthquake on 12th May, 2015. The one-hour show will air on Discovery’s factual channels worldwide in more than 220 countries and territories around the world.
Discovery Channel has also produced a public service announcement featuring several of its personalities like Bear Grylls, Jeremy Wade, Bob Blumer and Irwin family amongst others, calling on viewers to support recovery efforts. This public service announcement has been on air across Asia Pacific since the beginning of May.
The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April caused overwhelming destruction, amassing an overwhelming death toll of more than 8,000 people, including 18 climbers who were at Mount Everest’s Base Camp during the time of the quake. Historic buildings in the centre of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, were reduced to rubble and generations-old family homes collapsed in clouds of dust.
Commenting on the programme, Rahul Johri, EVP & GM – South Asia & Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “Earthquake: Disaster in Nepal transports viewers into the heart of an earthquake, one of the most terrifying experiences known to humankind. This absorbing special covers everything from the science behind the events to highly personal stories of people who experienced them.”
Earthquake: Disaster in Nepal will feature expert interviews and seismic simulations to explain the science behind the earthquakes, footage of the rescue operations in Kathmandu, news reports from around the globe and exclusive glimpses of new technology and research being developed to help humanity better predict and cope with natural events such as earthquakes. The programme will also feature compelling first-hand accounts from those who survived the natural disaster, from a mother whose baby was buried for 22 hours and a student who was crushed under a multi-story building in the city’s Durbar Square, to a newly wed couple caught up in the avalanche at Everest’s Base Camp 1. In addition, it will supplement these first-hand accounts with incredible user-generated content and social media. The one hour special also features first hand testimonies of an Indian survivor and Indian personnel involved in rescue operations in Nepal.
Earthquake: Disaster in Nepal will air on Discovery Channel in India on Monday, June 15 at 9 pm.