South Napa Earthquake

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  1. 63dot, Aug 24, 2014
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    This morning 3:20 am, 6.0 magnitude, West Napa fault, only 7 miles deep

    ...felt in wine country and San Francisco and possibly biggest quake since 1989 earthquake

    70 people in ER, 30 gas leaks, 60 water leaks, 10 extra ambulances called to support 12 already on duty, all extra police and fire personnel called up

    ...some buildings considered total loss (CNN).

    early report 6:05 am PST:

    http://www.modbee.com/2014/08/24/3501213/61-earthquake-registered-in-south.html
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Yep, woke me up at 3:20am. Shaking wasn't bad at all down in the peninsula.
     
  3. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    I hope you are OK. We didn't feel anything in south bay near Monterey/Salinas, CA.
     
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    I sure hope those places that are hardest hit and fires broke out got out so early in the morning!
     
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    I am, thanks. It didn't seem to be too bad beyond the Napa/Sonoma area.
     

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    NorCal Quake.

    The gas fires remind me of working Loma Prieta. I used to live in Cordelia just a stones throw from American Canyon. Got a text from friends still there. One buddy said he doesn't know if he has damage. He's still checking.
     
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    I'm in Berkeley. I felt shaking around 3:20am, but I don't think there's a lot of damage around here. My first earthquake experience actually.
     
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    Good to hear impulse. 6+ is pretty significant but not huge, I guess. Aftershocks expected in the 5 range.

    Hoping Citizenzen checks in and all is well there.
     
  9. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Not a thing for us in Sacramento. Not a rumble. Though I do have to say we're at least 50 miles from American canyon.

    The epicenter appeared to be a little north of Napa, between Napa and, say, Yountville. Downtown Napa took the brunt of it. The fault line was a long dormant one, overdue to go off, according to the news here and USGS.

    BL.
     
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    Not a thing in the bay, nor here in Sacramento. The fault line was dormant and overdue to go off.

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    Actually, I'm in trouble. I slept through it while it woke my wife up. We probably had roughly a 2.5 - 3.0 here, as some things went swaying. no major or minor damage here though.

    The Napa Courthouse bore the brunt of it so far, as a good sized chunk of it came down. Our local NPR station has 2 reporters who live in Napa covering the entire thing. Another lives in Vallejo, which is right on American Canyon road.

    Anywho, Obligatory Jeff Dunham/Walter joke. If there were fatalities, I wouldn't post this, but there isn't, so I will. Starts at the 1:34 mark, but here's the whole clip. Enjoy.



    BL.
     
  14. Gutwrench macrumors 65816

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    If it's any help I slept through it too. But then I'm in the Midwest now, so you might still be on your own.
     
  15. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    That is a pretty big earthquake to sleep through! Glad to see there wasn't that much damage given how big it was.

    Worst part about this, was all the wine that was destroyed. :D

    I kid of course.
     
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Fortunately, the damage seems limited from such a powerful earthquake.
     
  17. bradl macrumors 68040

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    The California Report went over a little bit of this in detail, especially regarding the fault line. All of this actually happened on the San Andreas fault system. This particular fault happens to be on the northeastern shelf of that, and runs a bit perpendicular to the Pacific Plate (remembering this from memory; I woke up to listening to this this morning). But it, the San Andreas, and Hayward fault lines are all connected, which is a wonder, considering that it didn't do much more damage outside of Napa/Sonoma/Vallejo/Yountville.

    By contrast, Loma Prieta's epicenter was in Santa Cruz, 70 miles south of the Bay Bridge, and it was the bridge that fell, along with the most lives lost in Oakland.

    Sacramento isn't on that fault system, let alone on that plate, which explains why we barely felt anything here.

    However, for there, 28 power transformers, 60 water mains, 3 severely cracked roads, and a lot of wine. So if you are on that 6-month long waiting list for your reservation at The French Laundry, your wait just got longer. :p

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    Jawbone, which sells a personal sleep monitoring device, posted this amusing little graphic...
     

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    ... glad everyone is the area is okay

    Very glad to hear everyone in South Napa is okay.
     
  20. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    In the south bay, I didn't hear about much shaking of course, but somebody from Fremont got shaken quite a bit so that map may not be entirely accurate. They were freaked out and to them it felt very close.

    That being said the person was fully awake at 3:20 am and may have slept through it and not noticed it otherwise. There's so much more you can feel if you are just hanging around at 3:20 with nothing to focus on if you are awake then a 6.1 hits 70 or so miles away. I was considerably closer to Loma Prieta when that 6.9/7.0 hit, but walking outside with wife, and I didn't feel a thing even though some near me inside buildings say they got a good shake. But many years later I was on all brick porch with friend and a 2.7 hit and we felt it quite strongly.
     
  21. bradl macrumors 68040

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    And later on that day, you have this:

    [​IMG]

    As the video game said, "Skate or Die!!!" :D

    BL.
     
  22. bradl macrumors 68040

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    I'll also leave this here for you, so you can see what they've been dealing with in Napa. FYI: The some of the buildings you see there, like the courthouse and church, have been there since the 1840s.

    BL.

     
  23. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    Big job to rebuild

    ...and the fingers will be pointing with awful accusations if the bay area politics is any measure

    This won't become a 6-8 billion dollar disaster like Loma Prieta in 1989 but it certainly won't be only a billion like the papers initially said. I feel so sorry for Napa and this will have major repurcussions for the whole wine industry for years to come. They are already calling this one of the big three or top three along with the '89 quake and the really bad one in 1906.
     
  24. bradl macrumors 68040

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    I want to say that the news bump yesterday on this already had a pricetag of roughly $300 million to repair all of this.. and there already has been a huge expose on earthquake insurance here again.

    Here you go.

    http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201408290900

    BL.
     
  25. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    I like Krasny. It should be an interesting thing to see. I wonder what other cities sustained damage in the South Napa quake. I know some in SF and San Jose felt it and some felt aftershocks quite a bit away, too.

    I wonder if a larger place like SF or SJ would get on the ball better than a Napa or that the relative smallness of Napa makes it easier to get things into repair mode. When it's one building, there's the legalities, paperwork, and construction. I just don't know how it's approached when there are so many broken buildings and other buildings which may look fine but are total losses.
     

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