Volcano: Saving Whakaari

Volcano: Saving Whakaari

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after Nepal in Shock: Consequences of the Mount Everest Earthquake And the Earthstorm: On the Trail of the Forces of Nature Once again he handles a new documentary Netflix with a natural disaster. Volcano: Saving Whakaari It revolves around the events of December 9, 2019 on the island known as White Island and its aftermath. The less universally common name Whakaari, which the documentary uses for its title, is derived from Te Puia o Whakaari, from the language of New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori.

On that day, a volcanic eruption occurred on the island which eventually (by July 2020) killed 22 people. Until we enter Volcano: Saving Whakaari Knowing a lot takes time. The approximately 98-minute long documentary begins leisurely. Essentially we have survivor tourists, tour guides or rescue workers talking heads. Their statements are usually supported by archival material, whether they consist of official news reports or private recordings. Even if the pace picks up as the story progresses and the ending in particular has it somewhat, the documentary is still too long.

question of guilt

Although, of course, there is sympathy for the surviving victims (again, especially at the end) and the relatives of those who were not so lucky, it is not easy to feel sorry for them. It cannot be denied that this is a tragedy from a human point of view. However, anyone visiting an island with an active volcano should be somewhat aware of the potential dangers. Especially since this volcano erupted in 2013 and 2016 – of course there is not enough data to accurately determine the period (and the eruption in 2013 was very small – before that there were more eruptions at irregular intervals), but purely inductively, it can be assumed that it will be Time again in 2019. Especially since the relevant earthquake commission issued a warning about volcanic disturbances the week before. It all plays into it Volcano: Saving Whakaari But less of a role. The documentary seems to want to focus more on human destinies. This may be a little dishonest, but it is somewhat understandable. However, the offer “no party or individual has been held liable for injuries sustained and loss of life.” In the end, totally inappropriate, as the government and tour operators seem to mean here.

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Certainly, some of the stories of the people directly involved can influence the viewer. However, one newly married couple (at the time) in particular stands out a bit, initially classifying themselves as “science based people” and finally complaining that they were not sufficiently informed of the risks to decide against visiting to meet on the island. An “active volcano” is all the information that should be necessary to make such a decision. In addition, anyone who considers themselves “based on science” should do their own research rather than simply relying on the authorities. Volcano: Saving Whakaari It is often attractively portrayed, but only formally follows the usual processes.


extra time: Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari
Country: United State
general: 2022
exit: Rory Kennedy
script: Mark Bailey, Dallas Brennan
Mold: Alex Perry
Musical: Steve Mazzaro
camera: Dominic Fryer, Mike Jonathan, Mark Labwood, Murray Milne, Justin Kerrigan, Greg Tellosa, Graham Willoughby

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