ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 08, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev reported forced to cut short his United States visit due to earthquake in Armenia, USSR ; map shown, scenes shown from Soviet television of devastation. [Soviet television COMMENTATOR - (thru translator) describes catastrophe in various Armenian cities and arrival of Politburo commission members in Yerevan.] [Soviet prime minister and commission chairperson Nikolai RYZHKOV - (thru translator) discusses mobilization of equipment and relief efforts.] Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Jerry King) Challenge of relief effort facing Soviet bureaucracy reported; scenes shown of blood banks. Dispute between Armenian and Azerbaijani ethnic factions mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Comparison of Armenian earthquake to recent earthquakes, include the one in Mexico City, Mexico, given.
(New York City: Bill Blakemore) Problem of extracting survivors from rubble of bldgs. damaged by earthquakes featured; scenes shown from 1980 quake in Italy, from 1985 quake in Mexico. [Earthquake rescue expert Doug JEWETT - discusses problem of coordinating rescues.] Conf. attempting to standardize rescue techniques recalled; map shown of fault line from Alps to Himalayas. [Seismologist Dr. David SIMPSON - discusses problem of earthquakes in mtns.] Need for internationally organized rescue system reiterated.