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Hard-hitting amateur, CCTV and news footage reveals how some of the world's biggest natural disasters took away people's lives, homes and hope in Witness Disaster.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic (US)
1 Season, 6 Episodes
July 23, 2019
Documentary & Biography
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Witness to Disaster Full Episode Guide

  • On Oct. 1, 2015, the cargo ship El Faro is on a regular run to Puerto Rico when it disappears in a Category 4 storm called Hurricane Joaquin; it is determined that the El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas with 33 crew members.

  • Nepal is hit by a 6.7 mega-earthquake that kills thousands; across the country, survivors are hit by terrifying avalanches that destroy everything in their path; presenting stories of survival, from the Kathmandu Valley to Mount Everest.

  • The story of the largest fire in Portugal’s history. When fierce winds from a thunderstorm hit the fire, it becomes unstoppable. Sixty-six people are killed.

  • Montecito is hit by a devastating natural disaster that leaves its residents fighting for their lives. Overnight, the quiet California beach town is swamped by a terrifying series of debris flows that destroys homes and leaves streets swimming.

  • A mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 miners almost half a mile underground.

  • In April 2011, 360 tornadoes ravage the southern USA in 4 days, killing 348 people.

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