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Japan / Earthquake and Tsunami / Nuclear Power Plants #990202

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 17, 2011
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Washington: Martha Raddatz) The US help for the Japanese against the "nuclear monster" by sending in water pumps featured; scenes shown of failed efforts to hose down the red-hot Fukushima nuclear reactors, the damages to reactors 3 and 4, both of which could melt down; details given about a new electrical power line to the plant and how the Japanese are finally seeing how critical this is. Statistics on radiation at the power plants 4, 3, 2, 1 and further on out cited

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Osaka: Clarissa Ward) The concerns about people living within range of the power plants examined; scenes shown from a nursing home 15 miles from the plant; details given about safety zones. [Purdue University radiation safety officer Jim SCHWEITZER†- explains how staying inside the house is protective.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Studio: David Muir) The dangers facing brave workers inside the Fukushima plant featured; scenes shown of the plants and from a "US News and World Report" video about what happened to workers at Chernobyl; details given from reports from the men. [MAN - describes what happened to the Chernobyl workers.] The plant workers discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Concern in the US about the spread of radiation across the Pacific Ocean outlined. [President OBAMA - says we don't expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the US.]

(Seattle: Neal Karlinsky) The sensors that will detect any radiation reaching the US featured; scenes shown. [MAN - shows the sensors.] [White House health preparedness and response director John ERICKSON†- says we want to make sure.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer, Richard Besser) The reassurance about the radiation levels, the side effects of the iodine pill and questions about radiation getting into cow's milk as in Chernobyl discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The epic proportions of the human crisis in Japan featured; scenes shown of people fleeing the waters from the tsunami, rescue workers, debris in a hospital, a home for the elderly.

Sawyer, Diane;
Raddatz, Martha;
Ward, Clarissa;
Muir, David;
Karlinsky, Neal;
Richard, Diane Sawyer,

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