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Japan / Earthquake and Tsunami #990050

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 12, 2011
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(Tokyo: Lester Holt) The impact of the earthquake and tsunami on Japan, including the damages to nuclear power plants, reviewed; casualty statistics cited.

(Tokyo: Lee Cowan) The day after the earthquake featured; scenes shown of rescue efforts, survivors, shelters, an explosion at a power plant, quake and unrelenting water footage, including ships, train cars the water at the Sendai airport, a port town wiped out, bridges. [Sendai resident Michael TONGE†- describes what happened.] Problems at a second nuclear plant noted.

(Tokyo: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(London: Anne Thompson) The dangers at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant featured; scenes and diagram shown of the explosion after the cooling system failed at the reactor; details given about the danger of released radioactivity. [Nuclear Energy Inst. Anthony PIETRANGELO†- talks about emergency plans.] [Carnegie Endowment for Peace James ACTON†- comments on concerns about a melting of the core.] The meltdown at Three Mile Island recalled.

(Tokyo: Lester Holt) Live interview held with nuclear policy expert Joe Cirincione† about the threatened nuclear power plants. [From Washington, CIRINCIONE†- outlines the worst-case meltdown scenarios; predicts this will become a "5" or "7" as three reactors fail.]

(Tokyo: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Senadi: Angus Walker) The impact of the tsunami on the city of Sendai featured; scenes shown from the coastal community of fires, water damage to and inside a home. The aftermath of the disaster in Sendai discussed; photos of the damages to the city, including a car on the roof, shown.

(Tokyo: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(San Jose, California: Miguel Almaguer) The international rescue and relief efforts featured; scenes shown of supplies and search and rescue teams. [Rescue GUY, Los Angeles County fire chief Dave STONE†- comment on helping.]

Holt, Lester;
Cowan, Lee;
Thompson, Anne;
Walker, Angus;
Almaguer, Miguel

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