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USSR / Nuclear Accident #309504

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 30, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) United States officials said believing Chernobyl, USSR , nuclear power plant accident is continuing with possibility of 2nd reactor meltdown; information gathered by United States spy satellite described.

(DC: David Martin) United States analysis of disaster examined; satellite photos show, discussed. [NRC spokesperson Harold DENTON - describes probable scenario at Chernobyl.] USSR version of events mentioned. Uniden. senior administration official quoted on screen regarding possibility of 2nd meltdown. [EPA administration Lee THOMAS - cites lack of information supporting 2nd meltdown theory.] Apparent sequence of events leading to explosion Sunday reviewed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Wyatt Andrews) Official USSR version of accident examined; scenes shown. Differing version offered by tourists in Kiev outlined. [Voice of Karen BLACK - notes Intourist guide acknowledged large death toll; remarks transcribed on screen.] [Voice of Dutch radio operator Annis KOFMAN - describes transmission of Kiev radio operator; remarks transcribed on screen.] [American TOURISTS - criticize Kremlin's failure to warn them not to travel to Kiev.]

(Warsaw, Poland: Bert Quint) Poland's concern over radioactive fallout and criticism of USSR 's failure to warn them examined; scenes shown. Feared contamination of food and water sources discussed.

(London, England: Bill Redeker) Europe's reaction to USSR 's failure to warn them examined. [USSR ambassador Leonid ZAMYATIN - claims situation is under control.] Atmosphere in various west European countries over possible health effects of fallout described. [PEOPLE - comment.] [Soviet radio tracker Mike ELLIOTT - feels Soviet public must be aware something has happened.] [Soviet expert Martin McCAULEY - discusses USSR government's tradition of suppressing truth about its failures.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Upcoming items announced.

Reporter(s):
Andrews, Wyatt;
Martin, David;
Quint, Bert;
Rather, Dan;
Redeker, Bill
Duration:
00:09:20

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