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The Next Mega Tsunami

National Geographic - 8pm

Who's in it?

Could the next mega-tsunami destroy Europe? It may sound far-fetched, but this exact doomsday scenario is explored in this riveting and alarming documentary.

In a nutshell

Boxing Day, 2004. One of the most apocalyptic natural disasters in history unfolded after an underwater earthquake caused a tsunami which engulfed numerous countries around the Indian Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost, with Indonesia being the hardest hit. The world was horrified, and now – a whole decade later – the repercussions are still being felt in those devastated regions. Question is, could it happen again?

The answer, scarily, is yes. So there's another question: where? This programme charts the valiant efforts by global scientists to predict and prepare for the next "big one". It's a film that chronicles the 2004 event itself, explaining exactly what a tsunami is and what triggers its monumental force. The biggest revelations concern location, though. Until now, experts though killer waves could only happen in certain specific regions – but evidence is starting to suggest places like Australia and the Mediterranean could easily be hit next…

What's the verdict?

Hollywood has desensitised us to cataclysms, and it's surreal to think that nations in the West could fall foul of monstrous events like the 2004 tsunami. But it's time to take heed of the boffins, because – as they explain tonight – it could happen. Anytime.

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