• Short Summary

    Fifteen people were killed near Tokyo on Thursday (11 November) when an experiment by Japanese Government scientists to determine the cause of landslides ended in disaster.

  • Description

    Fifteen people were killed near Tokyo on Thursday (11 November) when an experiment by Japanese Government scientists to determine the cause of landslides ended in disaster.

    Another nine people were injured, three of them seriously, when a mass of mud and boulders engulfed watching Government officials and television teams without warning.

    Rescuers had recovered 14 bodies on Thursday night but a television cameraman was still missing.

    The experiment involved sprinkling water from the top of the 60-foot (20 meters) slope to see at what stage heavy rain causes the collapse of loamy soil typical of the region around Tokyo.

    The TBS cameraman who shot this film was buried in the landslide, but was rescued with his film intact about 15 minutes after the disaster.

    SYNOPSIS: Fifteen people were killed near Tokyo on Thursday when a Japanese Government experiment investigating the cause of landslides ended in disaster. Scientists had been spraying a 60-foot slope with water while trying to find the quantity of rain that would make the loamy soil, typical of the area around Tokyo collapse.

    Television cameramen were recording the experiment when tons of mud and boulders engulfed them.

    Rescue work started immediately and continued throughout the night because of the difficult terrain. Only hand shovels could be used to dig through the mud and rock and by late Thursday night, fourteen bodies had been recovered. One, that of a television cameraman, was still missing.

    Officials later said that the victims had been standing well back from the expected danger area, but that the landslide was far bigger than expected. Four of the dead belonged to the Government's science and technology agency. They were attempting to find the cause of landslides which are responsible for many deaths in japan every year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAJKVQKEQZ6LP5984RCW4I8FF5
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJKVQKEQZ6LP5984RCW4I8FF5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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