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Continued: California earthquake marks first major test of hard-luck city of Vallejo after bankruptcy

  • Article by: ELLEN KNICKMEYER , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 26, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Downtown Tuesday, a crane parked on a blocked-off street of empty stores and thrift shops hauled up rubble from a four-story building whose floors had collapsed in on themselves.

The hard side of everyday life was evident among the quake repairs. Residents walking back from a food bank with arms heaped with canned goods stopped to talk with neighbors about the quake — the new cracks they were noticing in their homes, how someone's cat had behaved in the quake. They were checking on each other, seeing if anyone needed a hand.

"There's a weird camaraderie in this town when weird stuff happens," Harvey said. "People help each other."

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