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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The nuclear crisis in Japan as the Fukushima nuclear reactors leak reported; map and earthquake damage shown.

(Tokyo: Harry Smith) The nuclear concerns with four of the six reactors at the Daiichi plant examined; photos, video and diagrams shown; details given of what has happened at four of the damaged reactors that have released radiation and the new fire in reactor 4. [American Sean WCISEL†- says we will be leaving the prefecture.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live discussion held with Carnegie Endowment James Acton and University of Georgia professor CBS nuclear safety consultant Cham Dallas about the nuclear crisis in Japan. [From Washington, ACTON - says the situation has deteriorated with more radiation being released; states we have no experience in dealing with this kind of crisis; comments on the questions about the design basis for nuclear reactors.] [In studio, DALLAS - says options are diminishing; states being inside cuts down exposure.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The hazardous duty in Japan for US military personnel due to radiation contamination examined; details given about treatment and radiation alarms on American ships.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Offers of aid to Japan from around the world and damage estimates updated.

(Sendai, Japan: Bill Whitaker) The impact of the disaster on the people featured; scenes shown of people in line for gas, water and food, emergency shelters in Sendai, the people commenting on the situation; details given about the US operation to restore utilities.

(Studio: Katie Couric) The search and rescue operation reported; scenes and photos shown.

(Studio: Katie Couric; Nigata: Ben Tracy) The situation in northern Japan and the story of some reunions discussed; scenes shown of people in line to check for names of relatives and the reunion of reporter Lucy Craft with her teenage son.

(Studio: Katie Couric) The economic fallout in Japan and the US Stock Market Report and oil prices noted.

Couric, Katie;
Smith, Harry;
Martin, David;
Whitaker, Bill;
Tracy, Ben

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