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‘No one knows this side of Katrina,’ says director of Coast Guard documentary ‘Paratus 14:50’

'Paratus 14:50' is a documentary examining Coast Guard rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Among the film's interview subjects is rescue swimmer Robert Williams. (Courtesy of SmithFilm LLC)

‘Paratus 14:50’ is a documentary examining Coast Guard rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Among the film’s interview subjects is rescue swimmer Robert Williams. (Courtesy of SmithFilm LLC)

Coast Guard personnel based in Mobile and New Orleans conducted an epic rescue operation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now a team of student filmmakers is on the verge of completing a project showing sides of that effort that have never been seen…

 

 

Natural disasters of this year make us recognize need for countermeasures

This year was marked by incidents and events that evoked feelings of joy and sorrow. The worst postwar volcanic disaster made us recognize yet again the fury of nature. Topping the list of “Top 10 Domestic News Stories” selected by readers of The Yomiuri Shimbun was the volcanic eruption of Mt. Ontake, which happened on Sept. 27, leaving 57 people dead and six others missing…

 

Earthquake survivors meet during the Kobe Luminaire

Participants stared in fascination as the “Kobe Luminaire” transformed the space above them into an intense show of colour and light. Photo Credit: JRCS

Participants stared in fascination as the “Kobe Luminaire” transformed the space above them into an intense show of colour and light. Photo Credit: JRCS

The lights were shining gloriously on the faces of parents and children visiting the “Kobe Luminaire”, a memorial event taking place in December every year to commemorate the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which took the lives of 6434 people in 1995. Almost three and a half million people came to the event this year to watch as the sky was transformed by an exquisite show of colorful lights in memory of the victims…

 

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