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Title Terror in Tokyo
Published 2005


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  364.15230952 Hac/Tit  2005/02/03  UNAVAILABLE
Description 1 videocassette (VHS) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in
Series Zero hour
Summary On 20th March 1995, Tokyo suffered the most serious terrorist attack in Japanese history. At the height of the morning rush hour, members of the Aum Shinrikyo terrorist group released sarin gas into the underground train network, exposing around 5,000 people to deadly fumes. Five members of Aum boarded packed commuter trains and dropped packages of liquid sarin wrapped in newspaper and plastic onto the carriage floor. They then punctured the packages with the sharpened tips of an umbrella before leaving the train. Some were wearing masks and scarves, which protected them from sarin fumes as they made their escape. Sarin, which was developed by the Nazis in the 1930ʼs, is 20 times more deadly than cyanide gas. Prolonged exposure can lead to seizures, paralysis, coma, heart and respiratory failure. It is tasteless, colourless and odourless. This meant the first indication something was wrong only came when people began to experience symptoms, including breathing difficulties and watering eyes. Hospitals were unprepared for the scale of the emergency and had little information on how to treat casualties once sarin was identified as the cause. Some passengers put themselves at risk by helping others and 135 medical staff were injured due to lack of protective equipment and decontamination procedures. 12 people died and over 3,000 were injured, many of who are still suffering from the after effects including brain damage, breathing problems and depression. Aum admitted it was responsible for the attack
Notes Produced in association with History Television and Discovery Channel Europe
Off-air recording of Channel 7 "Zero hour" broadcast February 23, 2005. Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act
Credits Written, produced and directed by Jon Hacker ; Series producer: Simon Berthon
Performer Narrator: David Morissey
Notes Rated: M
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Subject Asahara, Shoko
Aum Supreme Truth (Sect)
Gases, Asphyxiating and poisonous
Cults -- Japan
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Oumu Shinrikyō (Religious organization)
Terrorism -- Japan
Author Hacker, Jon
Berthon, Simon
Morissey, David
Seven Network (Australia)