Letters, Feb. 20, 1995

When I saw photos of the Kobe earthquake [Jan. 30], it looked like a war had occurred. But this sudden devastation was done by nature, not by human beings. There have been complaints that the response of the authorities was too slow because of its bureaucracy. They are deserved. But this earthquake was much more destructive than the government ever imagined. It is easy to criticize, but everyone has to learn from this horrendous experience. Yoshiko Kawada Hachioji, Japan It happened all of a sudden in predawn darkness. My house was almost destroyed. It was a nightmare. Like a thunderbolt, violent...

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