Earthquake update

Reports from around the area after Sunday's earthquake

About 35 percent of residential and commercial buildings in Napa have been inspected since a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near American Canyon early Sunday morning, Community Development Director Rick Tooker said during a news conference with other city officials Sunday evening.

Inspectors started checking properties at the center of the city working their way outward and it's still early to tell if any damaged buildings can be saved, Tooker said.

City officials said 33 buildings have been red-tagged, meaning occupancy won't be allowed until repairs are made.

Many properties have been yellow-tagged permitting limited access, Tooker said.

The east side of the Historic Courthouse at 825 Brown St. has also been red-tagged while the west side has been yellow-tagged according to Tooker.

On Monday, about 20 to 30 building inspectors from the city and state Office of Emergency Services will check the remaining areas, according to Tooker.

Public Works Director Jack LaRochelle said Sunday evening five crews will start repairing water issues at 600 properties in 60 different locations throughout the city.

Water service has been shut down to 30 of the 60 properties, LaRochelle said.

Water stations have been set-up at Memorial Stadium on Menlo Avenue; Los Flores Community Center at 4300 Linda Vista Ave.; and the parking

lot on the north side of Pearl Street west of Main Street.

An additional five crews will be added today and LaRochelle expected repairs to be completed by Wednesday or Thursday.

No roads were deemed impassable after an inspection of all city roads and bridges while transmission lines remained intact, LaRochelle said.

Napa fire Operations Chief John Callanan said firefighters have responded to all 1,000 emergency calls the dispatch center received between 3:30 a.m. and noon Sunday.

The earthquake resulted in three structure fires at homes and a fourth at Napa Valley Mobile Home Park on Orchard Avenue where six units were involved, Callanan said.

Fire crews have responded to all calls including reports of gas odor and collapsed buildings, according to Callanan.

Napa city officials also provided an update Sunday afternoon on damage to the local infrastructure from the quake.

Sixty-one water mains broke as a result of the earthquake, although all were smaller distribution lines rather than the larger transmission lines, said Jacques LaRochelle, the director of Napa's Public Works Department.

LaRochelle said about 20 of the water main breaks have been isolated and that it could take crews up to a week to make repairs and restore water service to all customers. He said water stations will be provided for residents in the meantime.

LaRochelle said the city's "roads aren't too bad. We have a few locations with buckling streets, but nothing that's serious enough to cause us to close the road."

Napa City Manager Mike Parness said 15 or 16 buildings have been red-tagged, meaning occupancy won't be allowed until repairs are made.

Three of those buildings are at 816-820 Brown St., which are unreinforced masonry buildings that had not been brought up to current seismic codes, Parness said.

Several other buildings have been yellow-tagged, allowing limited access, he said.


Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa) also attended the news conference and detailed some of the damage to Napa's wineries, one of the city's main tourist industries.

"Some wineries have been hit pretty hard, with barrels knocked off the rack and glassware shattering," Thompson said.

The congressman said major damage has also been reported around Vallejo and Mare Island, including at a U.S. Forest Service building.

Thompson said federal agencies have conducted an aerial survey of the region but do not yet know exactly how much damage was wrought by the quake.

Schools Closed

Napa Valley Unified School District schools will all be closed today following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near American Canyon early Sunday morning.

City officials announced Sunday afternoon that all NVUSD schools will be closed, as well as Justin Siena Catholic High School.

There are 19 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools in the district.

Assessing damage

Residents and business owners in Napa are assessing the damage from Sunday morning's 6.0-magnitude quake, and one liquor store owner is

reporting an estimated $100,000 in losses.

Stever Steve Rodrigues, 44, is the owner of 17-year-old Val's Liquors at 1531 Third Street in Napa.

He says that after the 3:20 a.m. quake, the liquor was "flowing out the front door," and it also flowed under a wall in the front of the store making it difficult to enter the business.

"You couldn't walk in here," Rodrigues said.

Immediately after the quake, Rodrigues went home to call friends for help, then came back to the store at 4:30 a.m. and filled two garbage cans full of glass.

He and three friends are working to reopen the store, but he won't be open for business today, he said.

Rodrigues lives in the north Linda Vista area of Napa, where he says his house and the houses of his neighbors were all badly damaged.

A 200-gallon reef fish tank collapsed and flooded his home, he said.

Despite all the damage, Rodrigues has a positive attitude about all the damage.

"What can you do but laugh, really?" he asked. "It's an act of God."

Damage Reports Keep Coming

First-hand reports of the damage from the Napa County earthquake continue to pour in Sunday afternoon, with an olive oil seller reporting near

total inventory loss.

Dewey Lucero, owner of Lucero Olive Oil, at 1012 First St. in Napa, says he lost about 90 percent of his inventory - about 500 bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that retail for $20 a bottle.

Lucero lives in Sacramento, and has a store in that area as well as in Oregon. He says he just opened his Napa store in October.

Friends started calling him Sunday morning about the damage, and when he got to the store at 1 p.m., he immediately had to begin repairing the


Lucero says the hardest part of the cleanup is "sucking up the olive oil" from the floors.

He also bought of big containers of kitty litter to help absorb the oil.

It is unknown whether there is structural damage to the building, but he does know that he will not be able to open for business today, Lucero said.

In the downtown Napa area, people are walking around taking pictures as all the damage becomes an attraction.

Public Services

Officials report that multiple Napa County services will be unavailable today, according to county officials. Damage to the county building at 900 Coombs St. is too extensive to open to the public.

Neither Assessor, Recorder-County Clerk nor Election services will be available to the public today, according to John Tuteur, County Clerk.

"We are working with the Board of Supervisors, Information Technology and Public Works to restore services at an alternate location as quickly as possible," Tuteur said.


Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa has handled more than 170 patients who sought emergency care after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake

struck early Sunday morning near American Canyon, hospital officials said.

Of the 172 patients, 13 were admitted to the hospital with broken bones and respiratory or cardiac conditions, while the rest were treated and released for less severe injuries, hospital president Walt Mickens said at a news conference Sunday evening.

Only one patient remains in the hospital in critical condition while another, a 13-year-old boy, was airlifted to another trauma center in

critical condition after pieces of the fireplace at his home collapsed onto him, Mickens said.

The most common injuries were from household items falling off of walls or shelves onto people or from those who stepped on debris in their

homes, he said.

Mickens announced earlier Sunday that 120 people had been treated at the hospital, but that number rose as dozens of people got injured while cleaning up after the quake, he said.

A woman also gave birth at Queen of the Valley Medical Center just about five minutes before the quake struck, he said.

Red Cross Relief

Nearly 50 people have registered for services at an American Red Cross shelter in Napa following a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near

American Canyon early Sunday morning, a Red Cross spokesman said.

Nineteen families containing 47 people have registered at the shelter at Crosswalk Community Church at 2590 First St., Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said.

Baker-Cohn said the church opened around 9 a.m. as a place for people to come get food, drinks and information about the services they can receive following the quake.

However, he said by noontime Sunday it was clear that the church would have to open as a shelter because most of the people that came were renters with no insurance or family in the area and would need to stay overnight.

Baker-Cohn said there are cots, hot meals, health services and crisis counselors available at the shelter for any displaced residents.

Baker-Cohn said people have come by to drop off donations, but Red Cross officials are encouraging financial donations only because they cannot accept perishable food unless it is from a licensed kitchen.

Clothing donations are also "a train wreck for us" because of the need to clean and sort the clothes, he said.

"Money will enable people to rebuild their lives," he said.

Red Cross officials will reassess today how long the shelter should stay open, Baker-Cohn said.

The gymnasium at the church is able to accommodate 100 people and there is another shelter also open at Florence Douglas Center at 333 Amador St. in Vallejo, he said.

A second Red Cross evacuation center has opened to help anyone without shelter after Sunday morning's 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon.

The first shelter is at the Crosswalk Community Church in Napa. That one is at 2590 First St., and is open for overnight stays.

Red Cross officials have opened a second center at the Florence Douglas Center, 333 Amador St., in Vallejo.

That center is also open for overnight stays, according to Red Cross officials.

Currently, Red Cross officials say they have enough supplies to assist those affected by the quake. Therefore, the organization is not

accepting in-kind donations of water, clothes or other material goods at this time.

More information about the Red Cross can be found online at


Multiple structures throughout downtown Vallejo and Mare Island were damaged as a result of a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that that rattled near

American Canyon early Sunday morning.

Vallejo city officials have estimated that $5 million in damage has resulted from the temblor.

City Manager Daniel E. Keen declared a state of emergency for the city.

As of late Sunday morning, 41 buildings were reportedly damaged, city officials said.

The earthquake left behind collapsed awnings and facades; broken windows and glass; damaged sprinkler systems and downed chimneys, city officials said.

Emergency responders and city crews assessed the damaged structures while repairs continue on 16 water main breaks and individual calls on water outages, city officials said.

Some structures were either red-tagged, meaning no one was allowed inside until repairs were completed, or yellow-tagged, meaning limited access was allowed, according to city officials.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Florence Douglas Center at 333 Amador St. but was closed as of 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Schools in the Vallejo City Unified School District will be open today.

In a preliminary assessment, Vallejo city officials have estimated that $5 million in damage has resulted from a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that

rattled near American Canyon early Sunday morning.

Evacuations have been ordered for a building with eight residential units and a commercial unit in the 400 block of Georgia Street due to structural concerns, city officials said.

Georgia Street is closed between Sonoma Boulevard and Marin Street to complete assessments of structures in the area.

Nimitz Avenue on Mare Island is also closed between Seventh and Bagley streets.

Crews are working to repair 16 water main breaks and individual calls on water outages, city officials said.

Vallejo police has placed more officers on patrol to look for damage and provide emergency support.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office has also provided personnel for emergency services.

The Vallejo Ferry and its facilities were inspected for damage and running normal service, city officials said.

Anyone with issues pertaining to brick fireplaces or foundation that may pose as a threat are asked to call 911 and request an inspection from the Fire Department. Residents can also call the city's Building Division for non-emergency structural damage at (707) 648-4374.

Electricity~Gas leaks

Power has been restored to about 90 percent of PG&E customers in the North Bay, a utility spokesman said.

As of 9:30 p.m. Sunday, there are around 5,300 customers still without power in Napa County, PG&E spokesman Matt Nauman said.

Crews are working to restore service to the remaining customers overnight, Nauman said.

Following the earthquake that struck around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, about 70,000 customers were without power in area of Sonoma and Napa counties, according to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi.

Electricity has since been restored to 64,700 customers.

Of 439 gas odor calls PG&E has received, crews have visited approximately 400 of those customers and were expected to visit the other 39 sites Sunday evening, Guidi said.

PG&E has also lowered the pressure on its Sonoma/Napa transmission pipeline system and two patrols have been conducted to ensure its safety,

Guidi said.

About 20 earthquake-related gas-distribution outages have also been reported at locations with damages, Guidi said.

Gas service will be restored to those customers once damages have been repaired at those locations, Nauman said.

A vehicle equipped with "sensitive" technology to detect gas leaks will drive through parts of Napa most impacted by the earthquake overnight, according to Nauman.

Starting today, crews will conduct door-to-door gas safety checks at residences and businesses affected by the earthquake.

PG&E customers in need of service restoration are asked to call (800) 743-5002.


More than 50 to 60 aftershocks have struck as of Sunday afternoon since an earthquake that shook near American Canyon Sunday, John Parrish, a geologist with the state Department of Conservation, said during a news conference Sunday afternoon.

The aftershocks will continue for several weeks but they won't be as strong as the ones from Sunday, according to Parrish.

As of Sunday afternoon, the largest aftershock had a magnitude of 3.6, Parrish said.

Seven geologists from the state Geological Survey have coordinated with U.S. Geological Survey teams from Menlo Park Sunday to compile data, he said.

Napa residents are advised exercise precaution around damaged buildings that may fall down from aftershocks, Parrish said.

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the state Office of Emergency Services, said the earthquake could be felt from as north in Ukiah to as far south as Salinas.


Amtrak's Capitol Corridor service has partially resumed Sunday and is expected to fully resume Sunday evening after being shut down because of

the 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon early Sunday morning, Amtrak officials said.

Service between Sacramento and Oakland resumed earlier this afternoon while trains will begin running again between Hayward and San Jose by 7 p.m., Amtrak officials said.

The tracks were shut down following the 3:20 a.m. quake so crews could inspect for possible damage, according to Amtrak.

Sonoma State

Though all Napa Valley Unified schools will be closed today, authorities report that Sonoma State University will be open.

University officials report that the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Napa County around 3:20 a.m. did not damage the university campus.

The earthquake epicenter in American Canyon in Napa County is approximately 35 miles from the campus.

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa fire personnel report responding to 28 emergencies Sunday so far as a result of the earthquake.

These emergencies include downed power lines, blown transformers, fire alarms and medical emergencies.

City officials report there is also no risk to drinking water in that city.

The Go Pro Grand Prix scheduled Sunday at the Sonoma Raceway went on, and all roadways accessing the raceway are open as normal.

CHP Road Reports

The California Highway Patrol reported earthquake-related damage in four places Sunday morning:

State Highway 121 at state Highway 29;

State Highway 121 at Cuttings Wharf in Napa County;

Old Sonoma Road between Congress Valley Road and Buhman Avenue in Napa;

Petrified Forest Road at Saxton Road in Calistoga;

Traffic control operations are in effect in the damaged locations, but all roads are open to the public, the CHP reports.

CHP officials are asking for the public's help in detecting additional damaged roads, particularly damage that could result in a crash. Anyone with information can call 1-800-835-5247.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

Thank you Pleasanton Weekley for keeping us up to date on the earthquake .

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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

35%?? This is why we need to rollback the state and replace with privatized industry. How long have these "inspection agencies" been sitting around waiting for an earthquake to occur? And now after fully 24 hours has passed they can only inspect 35% of the affected buildings? That's outrageous.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm

A your shut down government on everything won't fly. We need the state in a natural disaster. Sorry google and Facebook are not the solutions Arny.

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