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(Studio: Dan Rather) Soviet officials reported acknowledging underestimating seriousness of Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Arrival in United States of first radioactive fallout from accident noted; comment of public health official Ian McDonald quoted.
(Moscow, USSR : Wyatt Andrews) Soviet press conference on accident described, featured; scenes shown. [Investigation committee spokesperson Boris SHCHERBINA - (thru translator) thinks explosion was cause of accident; blames local officials for poor assessment of disaster.] [Environment protection committee spokesperson Yuri SEDUNOV - claims danger was contained to immediate vicinity.] USSR criticism of West media's handling of story outlined. Public's response described. [Health food store owner Gerry LOUGHEED - cites his iodine tablet sales.] [Dr. Ken. KIZER - fears public will overdose on iodine rather than suffer effects of radiation.] [Meteorologist Joe BOATMAN - explains continued monitoring of fallout.]
- Andrews, Wyatt;
- Rather, Dan
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