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Comment: 03:30 - 04:59 (01:29)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 25. Living With Earth, Part I
Keywords: "Loma Prieta Earthquake", "San Francisco", "Menlo Park", "Richter Scale", USGS, magnitude, "Nimitz Freeway", "Marina District", earthquake

Our transcription: In the frantic minutes that follow the quake, few geologic details are known. What is rapidly becoming clear, however, is that a disaster of enormous proportions has occurred.
"Go home! We've got serious problems obviously! Go home and secure your residents. Shut off the gas. Shut off electricity! Store water! Prepare for aftershocks! Prepare for three days of those services! You got 90 minutes of light left! You better make use of your time!"
As fire and paramedic units rushed to provide assistance to quake victims, scientists of the United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, hastily convene to begin analyzing the quake as well as to dispense information to the media and the general public.
The quake's magnitude is pegged at 7.1 on the Richter Scale, meaning this has been a powerful earthquake capable of causing serious damage to both people and property.
Most of the world's attention remains focused on damage in and around San Francisco, such as here on the Nimitz Freeway where it feared that scores of motorists have died, and here the posh Marina District where prized real estate has been twisted into grotesque shapes.

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