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Japan / Earthquake and Tsunami / Nuclear Power Plants #990172

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The return of emergency workers to the nuclear power plants in Japan reported; details given about radiation dosage, the death toll from the earthquake and the US order for evacuation.

(Tokyo: Harry Smith) The disaster in Japan featured; scenes shown of the emperor on TV; details given about the dangers of a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant and the dangers to the "faceless 50" workers. [Energy Secretary Stephen CHU - comments on conflicting reports from Japan.] [Nuclear safety consultant Cham DALLAS†- says confidence has eroded; compares the situation to Chernobyl.] The weather pattern that is blowing atomic particles out to sea discussed.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live discussion held with Carnegie Endowment nuclear expert James Acton about the nuclear dangers. [ACTON - says the biggest concern is about the used nuclear fuel that is outside the containment building; recalls the heroic work by Russian workers at Chernobyl; outlines the worst-case scenarios that could release radiation into the environment.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Tokyo: Bill Whitaker) The anger and anxiety in Japan from the nuclear accident in Japan examined; scenes shown from the crowded airport; details given about the role of the utility company managing 17 nuclear power plants. [At the airport, American Jim STEPHENS - comments on the government.] [Citizens' Nuclear Information Center Hideyuki BAN†, Kyushu University professor Kazuhiko KUDO†- {thru reporter's translation} say TEPCO†† is not telling the truth.] [Heritage Foundation Bruce KLINGNER†- says the public is uncertain about information.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) A new video from Minato†† of the earthquake and tsunami that washed away everything shown.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Statistics on the missing and displaced in Japan cited.

(Tokyo: Ben Tracy) The search for victims and the growing humanitarian crisis featured; scenes shown of the searches by firefighters from the US for survivors, an evacuation center, the wreckage, a neighborhood; statistics on the US aid presence cited. ["The Chronicles of Philanthropy" editor Stacy PALMER†- talks about Japanese self-reliance.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) New video of two dogs surviving among the wreckage south of Sendai shown.

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

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