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USSR / Armenia Earthquake / Rescue Effort #319301

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 13, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Latest death toll figs. given after Armenia, USSR , earthquake. Reports introd.

(Yerevan, USSR : Anthony Mason) Disorg. rescue effort in Armenia featured; details given, scenes shown. [United States rescue worker Mike TAMILLOW - comments on conds.] USSR press reported asserting that many survivors of earthquake have died of exposure. [Survivor Helen YEREMIAN - comments on ordeal and begs United States to help rescue those trapped beneath rubble.] Cost of cleanup noted.

(Yerevan, Armenia: Barry Petersen) Armenians shown protesting arrest of their leaders Earthquake noted highlighting USSR 's greatest problems; details given. [For. ministry spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - (thru translator) comments on USSR 's inefficient emergency operations.] Poor quality construction of bldgs. noted causing greater loss of life. USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev quoted with regard to construction scandal.

Mason, Anthony;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan

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