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USSR / Nuclear Disaster #102932

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Significance of Soviet TV's attention today to recent Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster explained.

(Moscow, USSR : Dean Reynolds) [TV COMMENTATOR - (thru translator) praises valor of those coping with accident.] Focus of broadcast described. [INTERVIEWEE - (thru translator) describes current life in Ukraine.] Orchestrated tour of Kiev region for selected reporters described; temperature at Chernobyl reactor site mentioned. [Voice of OFFICIAL - (thru translator) describes situation.] Contradictions between West media's account of situation and that offered by USSR outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Yugoslav news agency mentioned rpting. death of latest Chernobyl victim. Town's evacuation said to continued until only recently.

(DC: John McWethy) Implications of information from latest spy satellite photos explained; photos shown. [International Atomic Energy Agency spokesperson Hans BLIX - describes situation.] Soviet firefighters' efforts examined. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - cites lack of information for sufficient detailed analysis.] [Union of Concerned Scientists spokesperson James MacKENZIE - cites possibility of China syndrome; explains.] [Mechanical engineer Richard DEAN - agrees.] Implications for contamination of area's ground water explained. [MacKENZIE - describes feasible scenario.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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