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Comment: 06:58 - 07:54 (00:56)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 25. Living With Earth, Part I
Keywords: "Timothy G. Buckhout", earthquake, "Loma Prieta Earthquake"

Our transcription: Within minutes after the quake hits, relief efforts are underway.
The official relief apparatus includes various groups and agencies from all levels of government.
Their immediate goal is to provide assistance, especially food, shelter, and medical attention wherever it is needed.
In the face of tremendous devastation, local, state and federal officials respond as quickly as they can.
Still, there is a sense of frustration shared by nearly everyone associated with the relief operation.
You'd like to go in there and feel like you could move the concrete, get the vehicles out, do what you can in your rescue efforts anyway.
But if you look at the structure and see the magnitude of the problem, you sit back for a moment, and you've got to realize that it's not going to be resolved immediately.

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