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SHAKEN WINE: Strong earthquake jolts California's wine region

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/25/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

No fatalities, although heavy damage reported in some areas

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rumbled through the early Sunday morning hours in the heart of California's wine country. The epicenter was near the city of Napa in the Golden State's north. Fires erupted in a mobile home park where four homes were destroyed and two others were damaged. While there was widespread damage, there were no fatalities and experts warned that the quake could have been much, much worse.

The weekend's temblor was felt widely throughout the region, from more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

The weekend's temblor was felt widely throughout the region, from more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/25/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Earthquake, Napa Valley, Wine country


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The temblor knocked out power to thousands and caused gas and water lines to rupture. Fires were sparked and roads were buckled. Many people suffered injuries.

Power was quickly restored, according to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. "While it was bad, it wasn't as bad as it could be, and it was very manageable from a regional perspective," he said.

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The earthquake struck when people were at their most vulnerable. Many of the injuries were caused by people stepping on broken glass, falling down or being hit by furniture in a blind rush to find loved ones.

The incident came at an inopportune time for Napa Valley's vineyards. Winemakers were just getting ready to harvest the 2014 crop. The quake broke thousands of bottles of wine and toppled barrels.

"We woke up to the earthquake and I thought I was dreaming because I fell off my bed, you know, it was all dark, and I just got back up. She noticed it was all bleeding," one witness said, referring to his girlfriend.

Damage is now being assessed in order to submit for possible federal assistance. The initial assessment found that dozens of homes and buildings in the region were unsafe to occupy, including a historic Napa County courthouse, where a 10-foot-wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.

The quake lasted only 10 to 20 seconds depending on proximity to the epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake struck in 1989. In that earthquake, more than 60 people, most when an Oakland freeway fell.

The weekend's temblor was felt widely throughout the region, from more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

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