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"The dominant impression was of ferric oxide, not the deep color of iron rust, but a faded shade. Not a pastel hue, pleasant to the eye. This was a harsh color, harsh and pale at the same time. As far as you could see in that hasty moment, everything wore that same dead, depressing blanket. . . . There seemed to be a strange odor, permeating even the turret of a rushing aircraft, a sort of musty smell, like of old houses, dark and shuttered against the outside. . . . We were aware of no living creature or plant ... we saw nothing but a vast, flat wasteland covered with this pale red dust."
He was in SF for the 89 series and after the quake spent the next week filing reports from the scene.
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