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Radiation / Eastern States Hit / China Nuclear Explosion #243179

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 05, 1976
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(Studio) Several E. states sprinkled with radioactive fallout resulting from China's explosion 10 days ago of nuclear device. Federal and state officials say amount of fallout far below danger level and only in Pennsylvania are safety precautions being taken as of tonight.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Winds brought radiation west from Chinese secret laboratory at Lop Nor. Rain brought it to ground in MD, SC, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 1st detected at Philadelphia Electric Company's Peachbottom nuclear power plant on Pennsylvania-MD border. Tests reveal radiation levels about same as in 1960's during regular nuclear experiments. [Pennsylvania bureau of radiological health rep. Dr. Thomas GERUSKY - says levels not high enough to take precautions other than washing off garden foods as radiation found on surfaces.] State agriculture officials report 60-70% of dairy cattle in state now on stored rather than pasture feed.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard (WHP-TV newsfilm)

Cronkite, Walter

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