National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Tuesday 9:00 PM on National Geographic Premiered Jul 06, 2004 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Season 3
    • Nairobi Bombing
      Nairobi Bombing
      Episode 20
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    • When the Volcano Blew
      25 July 1997 on Caribbean island of Montserrat - it is almost two years when half of the island has been sealed of in case of volcano eruption but people still goes there and continue their everyday life until.. volcano erupts violently. Pyroclastic flows rage down the mountain and destroy all on it's way. Does anyone has a change to escape?moreless
    • Space Shuttle Challenger
      January 28, 1986 - 73 seconds after the launch the space shuttle is destroyed when an O-ring seal on its right solid rocket booster failed.
    • Tornado Outbreak
      Tornado Outbreak
      Episode 17
      Over five thousand more are injured and tens of thousands of homes and buildings are destroyed in the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history. Meteorologists struggle to make sense of the disaster. How could a storm have produced so many tornadoes? Why did some tornadoes cause total devastation in some areas, while barely touching others? Professor Tetsuya Ted' Fujita, from the University of Chicago, aka Mr. Tornado' - embarks on one of the most ambitious surveys of storm destruction ever undertaken.moreless
    • Oil Fire In Texas
      Oil Fire In Texas
      Episode 16
      A massive explosion kills 15 and injures 170 at an oil refinery in Texas City, Texas.

      The Texas BP oil refinery is the third largest in America producing more than 437,000 barrels per day. Workmen are starting a routine day, then, and explosion rocks the structure with the death of 15. What went wrong?moreless
    • Flight Engine Down
      Flight Engine Down
      Episode 15
      American Airlines Flight 191, a DC-10, leaves Chicago. But when the engine falls off, the plane stalls and crashes killing 273 people. The investigators discover a shocking secret which wills turn the aviation world upside down.
    • Comet Air Crash
      Comet Air Crash
      Episode 14
      One of the world first passenger jets, de Havilland DH-106 Comet-1, gets missing in the flight to Rome. Soon after the investigation and insurance that it was sole accident, another Comet goes down. This leads to horrible truth what changed severely the design of airplanes.
    • Asian Tsunami
      Asian Tsunami
      Episode 13
      December 26 2004, undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9.3 strikes Indian Ocean and releasing killer waves that will bring destruction to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and reaching even to the shores of Somalia.
    • Plane Crash In The Potomac
      A passenger plane crashes into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. in January 1982--killing a total of 78 people. Delayed almost two hours due to blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures, the 737 plummets just one minute after take off--crushing four cars on the 14th Street Bridge and sinking into the icy river. What caused this tragic disaster? Was it an act of terrorism, a faulty de-icing process or pilot error?moreless
    • Superstore Collapse
      June 29, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. The exclusive Sampoong Superstore is open for business and has 1,500 staff and shoppers moving around inside. At 5:52pm a massive blast from the top floor rocks the entire building and in less than 20 seconds the entire store crashes to the ground. Over 500 people are killed as the mass of twisted steel and concrete comes crushing down. Now investigators must determine the cause of the catastrophe to explain to the public how it happened and whether it could happen elsewhere in the booming economic hub. Was there a gas explosion? Were North Korean bombs to blame? Did the air conditioning keeping the summer heat at bay cause it? Or were structural flaws in the building's design and construction at fault?moreless
    • Munich Olympic Massacre
      At the 1972 Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes were captured by Palestinian terrorists. How did a hostage situation turn into a bloodbath with international consequences?
    • Plane Crash In Queens
      Two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a plane slams into a residential area of New York City - home to many firemen, police and their families already deeply affected by the events of 9/11. What has caused this horrific disaster? Was it terrorism?Seconds for Disaster deconstructs, moment-by-moment, the chain of events leading up to and following this tragic Plane Crash in Queens.moreless
    • Aircraft Carrier Explosion
      Fighter carrier USS Forrestal is preparing for launch when a sudden surge of light happens and second later the whole deck of aircraft carrier is on flames. The disaster kills 134 personnel with a further 161 wounded.
    • Sinking Of The Titanic
      Sinking of the Titanic Forensic analysis and a groundbreaking experiment reveal a structural oversight that may have led to a critical failure in Titanic's hull.
    • Everglades Plane Crash
      ValuJet Flight 592, a DC-9 with 110 people on board is bound for Atlanta, Georgia from Miami, Florida. Soon after take-off, pilots report smoke, then comes radio silence and soon the plain crashes into Everglades.
    • American Embassy Bombing
      August 7 1998, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, truck bombs destroy the U.S. Embassy buildings killing 257 and injuring thousands. Al-Qaeda is found responsible for the attacks.
    • London's Subway Inferno
      A devastating underground fire in London started on November 18, 1987. The fire destroyed the top level of King's Cross St. Pancras London Underground station, a very important station which has acces to the Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines. 31 people died. What caused the accident?moreless
    • Sinking of the Kursk
      The K-141 Kursk was a nuclear cruise missile submarine named after the Russian city "Kursk". On August 12, 2000, the Kursk sailed out to sea to perform an exercise of firing dummy torpedoes at Pyotr Velikiy. During the excercise an explosion occured and the Kursk sank. Besides all the rescue attempts, 118 people died. What caused the explosion+moreless
    • Plane Crash in the Suburbs
      On October 24, 1992, "El Al" Flight 1862 experienced technical problems. Finally, the courier 747 crashed into the Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Bijlmer neighborhood, Amsterdam. More than 40 people were killed. Why did this happen?
    • Hotel Skywalk
      Hotel Skywalk
      Episode 1
      It was July 17, 1981 when the guests at the brand new Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City witnessed a catastrophe. Approximately 2000 people were gathered to watch a dance contest in the hotel's state of the art lobby. While the majority of the guests were on the ground level, some were dancing on the floating walkways on the second, third and fourth levels. At about 7:05 pm a loud crack was heard as the second and fourth level walkways collapsed onto the ground level. This disaster took the lives of 114 people and left over 200 injured.moreless
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