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Nicaragua Earthquake #462043

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 24, 1972
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(Studio) The complete evacuation of Managua, Nicaragua, ordered by government leaders there for fear of further tremors and typhoid outbreak. Managua was city of 300,000. Today it's 70% destroyed. Death toll unknown - it's at least 5000, perhaps much higher. 20,000 injured and most homeless. City without fresh water or communications.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Managua, Nicaragua) Managua devastated. Streets filled with people looking for food and water. Epidemic likely in 90' heat. Soldiers ordered to shoot looters on sight. Ruling military junta of General Roberto Martinez orders city evacuated, but many have no money to pay for transportation. Honduras, officially at war with Nicaragua, opens doors to refugees.
REPORTER: Cal Thomas

(Studio) Americans in Managua evacuated by Air Force transport.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Andrews AFB) [Embassy vice-consul Raecarol MORGAN - describes city as rubble.] [Wife of embassy official Candace STEWART - says happy to have escaped quake.] [Thomas STEWART (son of Candace) - says he hid under sheets.]

(Studio) Relief supplies are now reaching Managua. United States contributing $1 million.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Reporter(s):
Thomas, Cal;
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:05:40

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