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The Story of One School : Disaster in Japan

CJ Westerberg, March 21, 2011 9:45 AM


Disaster in Japan
60 Minutes Clip Below

"You can't capture the enormity of it, so we stopped in one small town . . ."
                             - 60 Minutes reporter, Scott Pelley

Heart-wrenching coverage by Scott Pelley for 60 Minutes in last night's episode.  Superb reporting on this triple-pronged catastrophe. 

At the 5:50 mark, 

The story centers around the events of that day, through the recollection of a Texas-born  English teacher at this school.  He recounts the moments when the approximately 200 students, ages 6 through 12,  ran to the only earthquake-reinforced building - the gymnasium - when the quake hit.   However, no one was prepared for the incoming tsunami, which came roaring in 30 minutes later.

It is a story you won't forget.  Pelley, clearly numbed by what he sees and hears,  " 'shares the kind of moment' reporters 'lose sleep over' just before he walks into gymnasium . . ."

In the first part of this segment, Pelley first reports on how and why the United States had to step in to help Japan with the nuclear ramifications, alerting the powers that be that the implications were more far-reaching and urgent than perceived by the government.  

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