Search the Archive

USSR / Nuclear Accident #102210

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 28, 1986
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) USSR version of accident at Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Kiev outlined.

(London, England: Dean Reynolds) Sweden's detection of Soviet accident due to presence of incrd. radiation explained, discussed; scenes shown. [Soviet news ANNOUNCER - (thru translator) reports accident.] Details of plant reviewed; photos shown courtesy "Soviet Life" magazine Radiation cloud's course across Poland and into Scandinavia indicated on map. ["New Science" magazine spokesperson Tom WILKIE - notes accident is worst in history of nuclear power.] Three Mile Island accident in 1979 recalled.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Chernobyl's history noted.

(DC: Roger Peterson) USSR 's nuclear power program examined; scenes shown. Soviet design compared with United States approach to plants. [Union of Concerned Scientists spokesperson Dr. James MacKENZIE - speculates on seriousness of Chernobyl accident.] Details of Three Mile Island accident reviewed, compared to Chernobyl. [Center for Strategic International Studies spokesperson Thane GUSTAFSON - thinks Mikhail Gorbachev made final decision to disclose info. with regard to accident.] [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - sees no danger to US.] 1958 nuclear explosion in USSR described.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Jennings, Peter;
Peterson, Roger;
Reynolds, Dean

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.