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USSR / Nuclear Accident #102228

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 29, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Scope of continued nuclear disaster at Chernobyl reactor in USSR described.

(DC: Steve Shepard) Info. about Chernobyl accident, gathered so far by United States intelligence satellites, examined; illustrations shown. Implications for deaths and injuries explained, discussed; course of released radiation, now possibly heading toward Moscow, indicated. [National Oceanic Atmospheric Admin. spokesperson Jamie HAWKINS - notes winds will turn toward E. Europe tomorrow.] Long-term impact on USSR energy supply due to Chernobyl shutdown noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Soviet media's coverage of disaster examined. [News ANNOUNCER - (thru translator) reports authorities' handling of accident.] Apparent evacuation of region discussed; details outlined on screen. [Voice of Radio Moscow ANNOUNCER - claims Chernobyl was first accident at USSR nuclear power plant.] Contradictory assessment by USSR engineer outlined. [ENGINEER - criticizes media's silence.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Chernobyl's proximity to Kiev and factors possibly underlying Kiev residents' lack of concern discussed. Implications for Kiev water supply contamination considered. Poland's precautions from radioactive fallout described.

(London, England: Dean Reynolds) Europe's reaction featured; scenes shown. [International Atomic Energy Agency director Hans BLIX - notes agency has offered its services to USSR .] [EEC nuclear safety commissioner Stanley CLINTON- DAVIS - criticizes USSR handling of accident.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming items.

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

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Dean;
Rodgers, Walter;
Shepard, Steve

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