"I've never been so scared. People were fighting to get under the desks." -- David Balague, on the 14th floor of the Bank of America building in San Francisco.
"It's like a huge concrete sandwich with people in between. It's total devastation." -- Alameda County Sheriff Charles C. Plummer, refering to the Nimitz Freeeway collapse.
"I hope I'm never involved in something like this ever again...It seemed...like an eternity." -- Dr. James Betts, who reached a 6-year-old boy pinned in a car on the Nimitz Freeway by cutting through the body of the youth's dead mother with a chain saw.
"The federal government will do everything it can to help."--President George Bush, talking to reporters outside the White House.