Japan Disaster - Serious Snow

Disaster in Japan - "The thing that a lot of people cannot comprehend is that Mother Nature doesn't have a bullet with your name on it, she has millions of bullets inscribed with 'to whom it may concern". An anonymous quote that resonates this week not just for the people of Japan, but for all of us who are watching events unfold in that country.

The images of the earthquake and the tsunami that followed are indelible: entire villages, acres of farmland, vehicles, boats, infrastructure have been swallowed by the earth and sea, leaving thousands of people dead and many more injured. Japan will never be the same.

The situation went from bad to worse with news of a nuclear emergency. Hundreds of thousands who live near some of the country's nuclear power plants have been evacuated and fear contamination.

In the first hour of The Sunday Edition this morning, guest host Robert Harris will look at the impact of the disaster on Japan's nuclear facilities and what the future might hold for that country and others.

Serious Snow - As the world rushes to the aid of an earthquake-stricken Japan, we explore another frightening example of a powerful nature unbridled---the avalanches of Western Canada

We live in a snow country and many of us live in or near avalanche country.

It almost seems that on any given weekend, we hear about yet another skier or snow mobiller run down, killed by avalanche.

In Canada, between 2008 and 2010, avalanches killed 31 snowmobillers and 17 skiers.

But what exactly is an avalanche?

How are they born and why do they suddenly fall at speeds of up to 200 kilometers an hour?

How do they kill?

This morning a special report on the avalanche season in the Selkirk Mountains.

Last week Producer John Chipman and I went deep into avalanche country near Revelstoke BC.

We met the men and women who try to predict, control and moderate the force and impact of avalanches. We talked to the rescuers and the rescued and we sledded 6,000 feet up a mountain side to capture the magic and mystery of speed in the snow.

You will meet them all this morning in a Sunday Edition special---Serious Snow.

For photos and video check out our special Serious Snow page here

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