Perfect Storms, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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A cyclone that stopped the Roman Army cold. A hurricane and “dragon twist” that wiped out major cities. A supervolcano that triggered the Dark Ages. These are history’s perfect storms, forces of nature that impacted us in ways far beyond the havoc they wreaked. Join us as we investigate these catastrophes, why they occurred, and what it was like to experience them firsthand. Scientific analysis and historical documents bring them to life, revealing stories of survival, heroism, and devastation.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGod's Wrath||On November 1, 1755, the predominantly Catholic city of Lisbon, Portugal was walloped by a catastrophe of biblical proportions on one of its most religious holidays. A combination of earthquake, tsunami, and firestorm devastated the city on All Saint's Day, turning churches into deathtraps and transforming the streets of Lisbon into a hellish landscape. Experience the catastrophe firsthand as we recreate the disaster through the eyes of one of its survivors and reveal how this event brought an empire to its knees and shook its belief in God.||43:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDark Age Volcano||In 536 A.D., the greatest volcanic catastrophe in human history rocked Central America and set off a lethal chain of events, from climate change to famine to the Bubonic plague. How could one volcano have such a cataclysmic effect? Follow experts in environmental hazards as they investigate the eruption that smothered the planet with billions of tons of ash. Then see how new evidence and theories have shed new light on the apocalyptic disaster that destroyed empires and gave birth to the Dark Ages.||42:25||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Galveston Hurricane||In 1900, Galveston, Texas was rocked by a hurricane that killed more people than all other storms to strike the U.S. for the next century combined. Anywhere from 6,000-12,000 were killed in a deadly collision of natural forces caused by an official's mistaken belief that a storm of such magnitude could never strike his city. Relive the catastrophic events when the jewel in the crown of Texas was obliterated, and see how the lessons learned from that catastrophe helped Galveston properly prepare for Hurricane Ike 108 years later.||43:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFire Twister||September 1, 1923. Japan is hit by its worst earthquake ever, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. Within seconds, the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are leveled, but their troubles are only beginning. Relive the Great Kanto Earthquake, a perfect storm of catastrophic events, including a landslide, a firestorm and a monstrous force of nature called a "dragon twist," a tornado of fire that would help claim 140,000 lives in just minutes. Then see how this disaster shaped the destiny of a nation and changed the course of the 20th century.||43:41||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Lost Legions||It's one of history's great mysteries: How did the most powerful army in the world get wiped out by a bunch of barbarians? The answer lies in Germania's dark forests, and in the unpredictable skies above. Travel back to 9 A.D. and enter the dark Teutoburg Forest, where three Roman legions, 16,000 men strong, fell victim to treacherous terrain, guerilla tactics, and a violent monsoon. Their defeat would deplete most of the Roman army, create a boundary between Latin and Germanic Europe that exists to this day, and change the course of history.||43:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHitler's Frozen Army||It's December 1941, two months into Operation Typhoon, Hitler's all-out attack on Russia. To this point, the Nazi's appear unstoppable. The Soviets are on the verge of collapse when a surprising ally comes to their aid: "rasputitsa", or mud season. See how heavy rains followed by a brutal Russian winter slowed the German attack to a muddy crawl, greatly impacting the Battle of Moscow and perhaps the outcome of World War II.||43:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Amazing true stories
Really brings you back to getting a sense what it was like to face some of the most overwhelming natural disasters of the world.
Really well made show on disasters around the world. Learning a lot of history from it.