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    VARIOUS AND SIMULATED

    Japan, the only country to suffer the effects of wartime atomic attack, marked the 39th anniversary of the United States' nuclear bombing by releasing a dramatic programme showing the probable results of a nuclear holocaust.

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    1. GV Missile silo erupting with rockets into orbit. 0.24
    2. AV & GVs Submarine on surface. SUBMERGED VIEW: Polaris missile launched from underwater. (3 SHOTS) 0.40
    3. ANIMATION Multiple warheads fracture and split. 0.48
    4. GV Explosion effect of nuclear blast. 0.53
    5. GV US cities with film special effects of disintegration of buildings and destruction of cities, people burned. (15 SHOTS) 1.33
    6. ANIMATION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS Aftermath of nuclear blast, rubble destruction.(2 SHOTS) 1.53
    7. GV PAN Desolation on ground in forest. 2.06
    8. GV Person in protective gear showing plant destruction. (2 SHOTS) 2.24
    9. GVs Winter weather sequences in towns and forest showing desolation and dead sea mammals, frozen, submarine in ice floe, desert flora in scene of desolation. (8 SHOTS) 2.53
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    Background: VARIOUS AND SIMULATED

    Japan, the only country to suffer the effects of wartime atomic attack, marked the 39th anniversary of the United States' nuclear bombing by releasing a dramatic programme showing the probable results of a nuclear holocaust. The programme, produced by the Japanese television network NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), displayed the actual launches of land-based and submarine-carried missiles, such as Polaris. Through special film effects, the programme graphically demonstrates how thermonuclear explosions would cause the disintegration of whole cities, with incalculable loss of life from searing heat. The pictures rival those produced by an Hollywood film studio but the message has shocked all those who have seen them. Internationally-known scientists have been warning that a new ice age would follow the initial stage of a "burning earth". Frozen wastes would result from the impenetrable clouds of ash and dust obliterating the sun - dropping temperatures to below tolerable levels for human life. According to scientific estimate, the after-effects of nuclear warfare would last for at least a century. The film, unlike its recent United States-produced counterpart, does not dwell on the human suffering of nuclear attack:Instead it concentrates more on the irreparable material and environmental destruction which would result. The programme was due to be screened on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in 1945 when hundreds of thousand were killed. Were the television programme's worst fears to be realised, hundreds of millions would perish in a future holocaust.

    Source: NIPPON HOSO KYOKAI (NHK)

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWL6GPANE819XIEL4JA3BP1C1
    Media URN:
    VLVACWL6GPANE819XIEL4JA3BP1C1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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