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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How do you react when an earthquake hits?


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Melinda Joe
English Teacher, 28

I'm kind of used to them because I lived in San Francisco, though we do turn off all the gas valves before we go to bed.

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Lane Rettig
Student, 20

It's a really stupid, naive answer, but I think it's fun. I was really excited when I felt my first earthquake last August. I don't have any special preparations, but I'm aware that I should.

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Maki Ishihara
Student, 24

When I feel an earthquake I get scared. I hide under the desk and wait. I should have a bag with water, food and blankets -- but I don't.

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Jim Canessa
Sales Manager, 49

My initial reaction is exhilaration. I've secured furniture in the house, like bookcases. I don't care about the furniture, I just don't want to get hit by it.

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Naoko Orito
Personal Assistant, 32

If I feel it's a big earthquake, I'll go under the table -- Japanese are trained from the age of six to do that -- and stay there until the quake's finished.

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Urs Stemmler
Designer, 36

When I have my motorcycle helmet with me, I put it on -- that sort of thing can save lives. I'm just preparing my emergency bag now.



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