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Washington / Mount Saint Helens Eruption #65594

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1980
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(Studio) Revised death toll estimate from major eruption of WA's Mount Saint Helens volcano reported; number believed missing noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Mount Saint Helens, WA) Local devastation examined; situation on Toutle River with regard to imminent breaking of dam created by eruption discussed. Films, map shown.
REPORTER: Tom Schell

(Studio) Cleanup efforts in Washington with departure of ash cloud noted; individual cities mentioned. Cloud said presently blanketing entire country.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Silver Spring, MD) Ash cloud's progress throughout the day examined; map shown. [Research climatologist Dr. Murry [sic] MITCHELL - describes cloud.] [Research climatologist Dr. Lester MACHTA - comments on possibility of acidic rains.] Portions of cloud said encircling earth for 2 years in the stratosphere; details given. Geological and climatic insignificance of eruption and ash cloud noted.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Estimated loss in timber from eruption reported; upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Schell, Tom

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