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USSR / Armenia Earthquake / Plane Crash / Armenian-Americans #113331

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 11, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Crash of Soviet relief plane in Leninakan, Armenia, USSR , reported Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Mikhail Gorbachev's tour of earthquake-stricken Armenia reported; scenes shown of Gorbachev in Spitak and of devastation in area. [International attorney Sam. PISAR - estimates death toll.] Mil. plane crash noted. Situation facing survivors in cities like Yerevan detailed; scenes shown of victims, church services.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Earthquake aftershocks reported; announcement of Soviet restrictions on future building heights in area mentioned. Scenes shown of President Reagan and Nancy signing book of condolences at Soviet embassy. Report introduced.

(DC: Kathleen deLaski) Responses of Armenian communities in American to disaster featured; relief efforts detailed, scenes shown from church services. [PEOPLE - comment.] [Armenian-American Vera DEBLEDIAN - says it feels like all of them are your relatives.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Amt. raised by Los Angeles, California, station KSCI telethon noted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Rodgers, Walter;
deLaski, Kathleen

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