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Comment: 09:34 - 10:50 (01:16)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 25. Living With Earth, Part I
Keywords: "Paul Reasenerg", "William Bakun", "Loma Prieta Earthquake", earthquake, USGS

Our transcription: Apart from weather and prompt repair operations, the U. S. Geological Survey is forced to deal with one additional problem, damage to its own facilities.
Loma Prieta disrupted our network operations for several hours here in the office.
We lost power as did most of the community for about six hours.
We have emergency generators, and we were able to run our central computers and the tape recorders on those generators.
Many computers that weren't powered by the emergency power were down, and many functions that we would have wanted to perform were impossible.
But despite some problems with its equipment, the USGS continues to operate effectively.
For example, the steps that had been taken to ensure that the seismic monitoring network stayed alive worked well.
We really did not lose any down time from the earthquake, and we were able to essentially provide continuous information to the public and to local and state officials about what was happening during the earthquake.

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