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Underground Explosions / Alaska #204635

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 02, 1969
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(Studio) More than 100 Americans sign petition to get Nixon to ban large underground nuclear explosions. Science advisor to Kennedy and Johnson, Dr. Jerome Wiesner, UAW, Walter Reuther, and former Marine Commander General David Shoup sign it. Plans continue for big underground blast in AK.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Amchitka, Aleutian Island, AK) AEC plans biggest blast ever on Amchitka, 500 mile from USSR . Usual Nevada test site could cause damage. Problems of wildlife conservation and earthquakes here. Amchitka in heart of earthquake chain. [President Stanford University, Kenneth PITZER - says Amchitka could set off major earthquake.] [Governor Keith MILLER - says satisfied with Atomic Energy Commission assurances.] Island made reserve for animals and birds in 1913; test could harm them. American bald eagles live only in big numbers in Aleutians; as do sea otters. [Interior Department Scientist Baine CATER - says concerned about water shock wave.] 1st test set for fall. [AEC spokesperson John WRIGHT - says reached point in Nevada where we needed to go to remote area.] [AK Conservation Society Celia HUNTER - says damage sometimes irreversible.] Blast to occur as planned.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Drinkwater, Terry;
Reasoner, Harry

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