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Washington / Mount Saint Helens Eruption #270634

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1980
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(Studio) Continued activity by WA's Mount Saint Helens volcano after this wkend.'s major eruption noted; number known dead and missing cited.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Portland, OR) Problems posed by natural dam, created by eruption's debris, to area below outlined; United States Geological Survey's assessment of situation reported Films shown. Towns of Longview and Kelso, WA, mentioned. Losses to timber, shipping and fishing inds. examined; concern in eastern WA over possible damage to crops from ash noted. [Farmer Ross MONTIERTH - comments.] [Spokane resident Steve DEGENHARDT - comments.] Situation in Spokane reported.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater (KOIN-TV newstape), (KREM-TV newstape)

(Studio) Disabling of Ritzville, WA, police force from ash fallout noted; govs. of Idaho and Montana reported declaring emergencies.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Missoula, MT) Inundation of Missoula with volcanic ash examined; films shown. [Air pollution control spokesperson Jim CARLSON - comments on long-term health effects to high exposure.] [Civil defense spokesperson Rick LEAVELL - comments.] [Tourist Loren OLSEN - says he came here to get fresh air.] Recovery time for city cited.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Extent of eruption's effect on life in NW noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Possible long-range effects from ash cloud discussed; films shown. [USDA spokesperson Roger SANDMAN - comments on agriculture damage.] Cloud's progress across United States today outlined on map. [US Weather Service spokesperson Dr. Murray MITCHELL - comments on basic effect of dust once it's spread around world.]
REPORTER: Nelson Benton (KSTF-TV)

Rather, Dan;
Shepard, Gary

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