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Japan / Earthquake and Tsunami #993968

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 2011
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(Studio: Harry Smith) The disaster in Japan introduced.

(Tokyo: Bill Whitaker) The effort to get the damaged nuclear reactors under control after the earthquake featured; scenes shown of fire trucks shooting water; diagram shown of the spent fuel rods that could spew radiation; details given about problems with Reactor 4 and the raised nuclear crisis rating. [Japanese Prime Minister Naoto KAN† {thru translator} – says we are still at a critical state.] [Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yukio EDANO† {thru translator} – notes the situation at Reactor 4 is not as serious.] [Russian ATTORNEY {thru translator} – worries the Fukushima situation is similar to Chernobyl.] [EVACUEE {thru translator} – worries about radiation.] [IAEA director general Yukiya AMANO†- comments on radiation levels in Tokyo.] The restoration of power to the reactor site discussed.

(Studio: Harry Smith) The latest figures on the dead, injured and missing cited. The discovery of elderly people abandoned in a hospital near the nuclear plant noted.

(Tokyo: Lucy Craft) The US government’s offer to evacuate Americans who want to leave Japan featured; scenes shown of bus passengers signing IOUs to the government; photos shown of teachers Jessica Besecker†† and Edward Clemons†, who were found safe, and Taylor Anderson††, who is still missing. [In Taiwan, American Sean CADEN‡- describes the difficult conditions.] [MAN – says his mother and girlfriend want him to leave.] [Clemons’ stepfather Anthony YOUNG†- recalls his wife’s reaction to Edward’s phone call.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) The detection of miniscule amounts of radioactive particles on the West Coast of the US noted; map of the radiation plume shown.

Smith, Harry;
Whitaker, Bill;
Craft, Lucy

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