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DATE=5/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232918
TITLE=PAKISTAN NUKE MONITORING -S & L
BYLINE=JIM RANDLE
DATELINE=PENTAGON 
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  SCIENTISTS WHO MONITOR NUCLEAR TESTS SAY THE BLASTS IN 
PAKISTAN SHOOK THE EARTH AND WERE DETECTED BY DOZENS OF SEISMIC 
MONITORS AROUND THE GLOBE.  V-O-A'S JIM RANDLE REPORTS.

TEXT:  SEISMIC WAVES FROM THE UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR BLAST TRAVELED 
THROUGH THE EARTH TO EARTHQUAKE MONITORING STATIONS AROUND THE 
GLOBE.  BY 14-HUNDRED UNIVERSAL TIME, MORE THAN 40 STATIONS 
DETECTED THE WAVES.  SCIENTISTS SAY THE BLAST MEASURED ABOUT FOUR
POINT NINE ON THE RICHTER EARTHQUAKE MONITORING SCALE.  

EXPERTS SAY A BLAST WITH THE SAME POWER AS ONE THOUSAND TONS OF 
HIGH EXPLOSIVE WOULD RESEMBLE A QUAKE MEASURING ABOUT 
FOUR-POINT-ONE ON THAT SCALE. 

THE SCIENTISTS, WHO ARE FROM DOZENS OF NATIONS, MAKE THEIR 
ANALYSIS BY EXAMINING DATA SENT IN AUTOMATICALLY FROM STATIONS 
ALL OVER THE WORLD, INCLUDING ONE IN PAKISTAN. 

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THEY SAY THE LOCATION OF THE SEISMIC EVENT IS THE SAME AS THE 
PAKISTANI NUCLEAR TEST SITE.  IN COMING DAYS AND WEEKS, THEY WILL
CHECK INSTRUMENTS TO SEE IF ANY RADIOACTIVE DUST BURST OUT OF THE
GROUND AT THE TEST SITE.  THEY WILL ALSO CHECK LEVELS OF 
RADIOACTIVE XENON, AN INERT GAS THAT EVENTUALLY MAKES ITS WAY TO 
THE SURFACE EVEN IF  NO  DUST ESCAPES FROM THE DEEPLY BURIED 
BLASTS.  

(SIGNED) 

NEB/JR/LTD/MMK

28-May-98 10:38 AM EDT (1438 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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