There was a 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa at 3:20 am Pacific Daylight Time on August 24. This article is to provide information about the Napa quake from local perspective. Latest report at 2:30 pm says 120 people were injured, three seriously.
How You Can Help
I always recommend donating to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. In this case, it’s the Napa Valley Chapter. Also, of course, buy some Napa wine.
The Official Word on the Napa Quake
First, damage seems to be limited to the southern Napa Valley southeast to Vallejo. The U.S. Geologic Survey maintains a crowdsourced “did you feel it?” map on their website. Here’s what it looked like around 1o am:
USGS also has a traditional seismic activity map:
Damage to Wineries and Wine-Related Businesses
To add insult to injury, a statue of Bacchus toppled at Ceja Vineyards:
The wine library at Scholium took a hit:
Barrels as pick-up-sticks at Matthiasson:
Most wineries that reported collapsed barrel racks also noted that the barrels were pretty much intact. In a few cases, bungs popped out so there was some loss.
This photo from the Silver Oak Winery has gone viral.
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Napa’s “newest wine bar, Cadet” estimates losses between $15,000 and $20,000 from wine inventory.
Damage to Houses and Office Buildings
Damage to houses and office buildings was extensive, especially in downtown Napa. (If you’re not familiar with the area, the city of Napa is actually not the center of wine activity in the Napa Valley. That honor goes to the nearby city of St. Helena.)
But Some People Found a Silver Lining
At least one skateboarder found a use for a buckled street: