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    PROFESSOR WILLARD F. LIBBY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, A U.S. GOVERNMENT CONSULTANT ON RADIATION,?

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    SV.LIBBY SEATED AT DESK (SOF IN AT NINE AND A HALF SECONDS)
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    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: LIBBY: "THE SOVIET INTENTION TO FIRE A 50-MEGATON HYDROGEN BOMB TOWARDS THE END OF THIS MONTH IS A MATTER OF MAJOR CONCERN TO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD. THIS WILL BE THE LARGEST NUCLEAR EXPLOSION EVER CONDUCTED. BUT THIS ONE EXPLOSION WILL BE AT LEAST EQUAL TO, AND PROBABLY EXCEED, THE TOTALITY OF THE FALL-OUT FROM ALL OF THE OTHERS TESTS IN THE PRESENT SOVIET SERIES. THE FALL-OUT WILL OCCUR MAINLY NEXT SPRING BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS, WILL ACCUMULATE IN THE ATMOSPHERE, AND THEN NEXT MARCH AND APRIL WILL BE DUMPED ON THE NORTHERN LATITUDES. BUT THE RADIO ACTIVE FALL-OUT FROM THIS EXPLOSION WILL BE PROPORTIONATELY LARGER THAN FOR A TEN MEGATON BOMB, PROBABLY FIVE TIMES AS GREAT, AND THE AREA DAMAGE WILL BE FIVE TIMES AS GREAT, THAT IS, THE AREA OF CONTAMINATION. THE INTENSITY OF THE FALL-OUT AT ANY GIVEN POINT WILL NOT BE APPRECIABLY GRAVER, SO SHELTERS WHICH HAVE BEEN PLANNED SHOULD SURFICE THOUGH MORE OF THEM WILL BE NEEDED. THE OBJECT OF THIS MASSIVE KILLING WEAPON IS A MATTER FOR SERIOUS CONCERN TO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD."




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    Background: PROFESSOR WILLARD F. LIBBY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, A U.S. GOVERNMENT CONSULTANT ON RADIATION, GAVE AN EXCLUSIVE STATEMENT TO VISNEWS OCT 19, ON THE DANGERS TO BE EXPECTED IF THE SOVIET UNION PROCEEDS WITH ITS INTENTION OF EXPLODING A 50-MEGATON NUCLEAR DEVICE.

    ONE OF THE WORLD'S FOREMOST AUTHORITIES ON RADIATION, PROFESSOR LIBBY, A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER, SAID:-

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52Z2TLANWU92VE1WEY0RPFUYS
    Media URN:
    VLVA52Z2TLANWU92VE1WEY0RPFUYS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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