The Oct. 1 earthquake may have sent shock waves throughout the Southland, but it also brought support and sympathy from around the world.
Take this letter that was recently received at City Hall:
"We have heard the news about your unhappy disaster and are worried about our friends in Pasadena. Feel free to contact us if we can help you.
"Words seem so futile at such a time, yet the sympathy of friends may help just a little to give you strength and courage.
"I wanted to tell you how deeply I sympathize with you in any loss you have suffered."
The letter was signed by Mayor Kichiro Okuda of Mishima, Japan, one of Pasadena's three sister cities.