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08/12/91

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Documentary to be aired on KQEC

"The Walls Came Tumbling Down -- Earthquakes in the Holy Land," a one-hour documentary produced by Stanford geophysics Prof. Amos Nur, will be aired for the first time at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. It will be shown on KQEC, channel 32.

The documentary, filmed at Stanford and in Israel, traces the longest continuous historical record of earthquakes on earth -- in the Holy Land. The record dates as far back as one million years ago and consists of historical writings, biblical descriptions, and archaeological excavations. Shot on the ground and from the air, the production includes ancient sites, such as Jericho and Masada, computer simulations of fallen columns, and narration from old texts, including the Bible.

The film also deals with the intricate relation between history and humanism on the one hand, and hard science on the other, and with the interplay between fact, speculation and intuition.

The film was directed by Chris MacAskill, who received his master's degree in geophysics from Stanford in 1980, and produced by Nur, who is chairman of geophysics and the Wayne Loel Professor in Earth Sciences.

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