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Thank you, those around the world, who have written to express sympathy, support and concern. For those PN readers who are not in the US, I thought I'd share with you briefly what the situation and atmosphere is like here.
All airplanes have been grounded in the country and all major government offices have been evacuated. Large buildings throughout the country have been evacuated, and major entertainment centers (Disneyland, etc.) are closed. Schools in some districts are closed. Some people at my university are working normally, others left the office earlier. All major events, including concerts, sporting events, Latin Grammies, etc., due to take place today have been postponed.
The entire country is in a state of emotional shock. People are glued to their TVs and radios. Symbolically, it's as big as Pearl Harbor, but in terms of the death toll, it will likely be much worse. I believe about 2,500 people were killed at Pearl Harbor. It is estimated that there were some 25,000 people in the World Trade Center this morning when the first plane attacked, and there would have been no way to have evacuated all the people from the top floors before the buildings collapsed.
I hope that all PN readers and their friends and families in New York and Washington are safe. No other comment for now.
discussion lists on attack
Yahoo group (e-mail and Web), started by Andy Carvin
Salon TableTalk (Web--read only, unless you pay to join)
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