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Seconds from Disaster (Season 3)

The clock is ticking with each movement bringing death closer. Seconds pass and the scent of disaster grows. Fortunately, this is not your fate. You are watching scenes of disasters that have been carefully recreated using actors, archival footage, Computer Generated Imagining (CGI), eyewitness accounts, and forensic evidence. Only one channel can bring such situations to life―National Geographic. Seconds from Disaster (Season 3) holds your hand and leads you through the moments leading up to tragedies that have shaken the world.

In 1972, the Munich Olympics were underway. On September 5, shortly after four in the morning, Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli athletes and captured nine others. The ordeal lasted nearly 24 hours and before it was over, all of the hostages were killed along with five terrorists and one German police officer. Go inside this tragedy and watch as the truth is finally brought to light.

Shopping is a pastime many of us indulge in on a regular basis. Imagine if your day at the mall were to turn into your last one on this planet. This is exactly what happened to more than 500 workers and shoppers at a superstore in Seoul, South Korea. On the evening of June 29, 1995, in less than 20 seconds, thousands of tons of rubble buried hundreds alive. Miraculously, two weeks later, survivors were pulled from beneath the concrete. Hear their harrowing tales in Superstore Collapse.

"You jump, I jump, right?" Those words were uttered on-screen in the motion picture, Titanic. Had Jack and Rose been actual passengers on the real ship, they would have jumped for joy at its magnitude and beauty. The ship was said to be "unsinkable," but an iceberg put that claim to bed on April 14, 1912. For decades, theories had floated around about what happened to the ship, but new evidence blows them out of the water.

Watch closely as Seconds from Disaster counts down on some of the greatest tragedies known to man.

     
  1. Why might the series Seconds from Disaster be worth watching?
       
    (A) Real victims are part of the reenactments.
    (B) A group of rescue workers wrote and directed the series.
    (C) CGI reinvents the stories to make them fit the time of the show.
    (D)

The stories are recreated through a combination of different things.

       
  2. In total, how many people were killed during the Munich Olympics?
       
    (A)

17

    (B) 9
    (C) 5
    (D) 2
       
  3. During its time, the Titanic was considered to be ______.
       
    (A) unmanageable
    (B)

indestructible

    (C) unbelievable
    (D) intolerable
       
  4. Which of the following do all of these disasters have in common?
       
    (A)

Victims were unprepared for the events.

    (B) No one knew who started the fires.
    (C) Everyone thought the water was safe.
    (D) Shopping shouldn't be a scary situation.
       
      lead up to   result in gradually
           
      bring to light   disclose something previously hidden
           
      indulge in   to yield to desires
           
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  Answers : 1) D    2) A    3) B    4) A
 
 
 
 
 

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