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Japan / Earthquake and Tsunami / Nuclear Crisis #994033

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The discovery of high radiation levels in water and food in Japan from the damaged nuclear plant and the FDA’s ban on milk, fruit and vegetables from that region noted. Note: local weather message on screen.

(Tokyo: Robert Bazell) The food scare in Japan as efforts to cool the reactors continue featured; details given of concern about the impact on infants of radioactive iodine in the water and concern about other foods; scenes shown of firefighters at the Fukushima plant; photos shown of plant workers struggling to restore power. [MOTHER {thru translator} – reacts.] [WOMAN – suggests moving further out.] [Radiation oncologist Ritsuko KOMAKI††- says children are very sensitive to radiation.] [EXPERT – notes getting water into the reactors and spent fuel pools is the key.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Kristen Welker) Concern in the US about contamination in foods from Japan featured; details given about the FDA’s bans and heightened alert at ports. [In Los Angeles, Nijiya Grocery Store Yoshito SUZUKI†- says all the items here are not affected by the earthquake or nuclear power plant issue.] [FDA David ELDER†- says it’s an additional step in the global food safety net.] [WOMAN – says she will not buy them.] [In Hawaii, grocery store GUY – says we make sure everything’s okay.] [In San Diego, sushi chef Rob RUIZ††- says people will have a hesitancy.] [Catalina Offshore Products David RUDIE†- says the fish is safe.]

Williams, Brian;
Bazell, Robert;
Welker, Kristen

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