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Bay Area Earthquake on 24 Aug 2014

Posted by Really Big Al, Aug 24.

I hope our fellow wine drinkers didn't suffer much damage due to the earthquake that struck early this Sunday morning south of Napa in California.  The earthquake struck 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, 6 miles southwest of Napa, and 9 miles southeast of Sonoma, according to the USGS. 

A friend of ours that lives in that area posted a picture of their wine collection - on the ground.  Ugh.

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Reply by EMark, Aug 24.

Whoa.

USGS is reporting Mag 6.0 6 km NW of American Canyon at 8:10 this morning.  My guess is that regular Snoothers Outthere, Foxall and NapaGirl really felt that one.  I would imaging that the three of them experienced some sort of damage. I hope it was minor and material only.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Aug 24.

Silver Oak Winery posted some pictures on the social sites showing a heck of a lot of their wine on the ground. 

We haven't heard from Outthere, Foxall or NapaGirl yet.  Many folks out there have lost power.

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Reply by EMark, Aug 24.

News media are reporting something like 87 injuries with 3 being serious.  Most damage seems to be in the American Canyon/Airport/Napa areas.

Wineries--especially, I would think in the Carneros area--would have to have taken damage.  I guess the above picture proves that I am master of the obvious.

There's an Indy Car race scheduled for Sonoma, today.  I'm sure that a lot of team members are going to be brining home some interesting stories.  There seems to be more hotel accommodations over in Sonoma County, but I would not be surprised if some were staying in Napa or American Canyon or Vallejo. 

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Reply by outthere, Aug 24.

Been a busy day in Wine Country.

Matthiasson's Barrel Room

 

This is a big wine barrel storage facility that small producers use, courtesy of Carole Meredith

 

A few others...

 

Texted back and forth with Mike Smith this morning. Envy came out unscathed so future vintages of Myriad, Quivet, Apsara, Ancillary, Carter, Patiné, Envy and others is safe including the pallets of Poe that were just bottled on Thursday. What he is more worried about at this time is the cold storage facility he uses in American Canyon where hundreds of millions of dollars worth of wine are stored including his own. Word is there is damage but they do not know whose wine at this time. The ripple (no pun intended) effect of this will be felt for some time to come.

 

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Reply by outthere, Aug 24.

BTW, no damage out my way. Not even a crooked picture on the wall.

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Reply by outthere, Aug 24.

Ruptured tank at Sebastiani in Sonoma

More damage

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Reply by Really Big Al, Aug 24.

Thanks for posting the pictures OT.  That's a lot of damage and you are very lucky to have escaped it at your location.  I remember the 09 Feb 1971 Newhall earthquake when I was living in the San Fernando Valley.  What a mess that was too.  I expect that people are helping each other with picking stuff up and cleaning the debris. 

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 24.

Thanks for getting on top of this and letting the rest of us know so quickly. Glad you're OK, OT, and am assuming/hoping the members further south had even less damage.

 

Another map I saw:

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 24.

Livermore ares shook for sure.   I did not wake up, but several friends felt it and posted straight away.  They said it was more of a rolling feeling than shaking, and only a few woke up.   No damage out here that I know of, but lots of wine damage in Napa :-(

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Reply by outthere, Aug 24.

Fontanella Family Winery

Road on crack

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 24.

NG, the horizontal rolling kind is supposedly not as bad as the vertical up-down variety, by Japanese common wisdom.

Plenty of discussion around the web about the difference between the two types, though it quickly gets technical. Look for slipstrike vs. subduction, Love waves vs. Rayleigh waves....

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Reply by outthere, Aug 24.

The majorityof the damage was downtown Napa is the historic district where the buildings have either brick facia, are not bolted to perimeter foundations or are wineries with precariously stacked inventory. Retail stores saw merchandise hit the floor and homes had furniture overturned and windows shattered. A few homes burned in a mobile home park. 120+ injured, no fatalities. While it was in no way the big one it was a timely reminder of what needs to be done to mitigate damage in future events. New buildings did just fine. The old ones are the ones that take the brunt of the damage.

More video from Sebastiani

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 24.

I have an uncanny ability to wake up right before every nighttime earthquake that has ever happened in my adult life.  This one was a good roller, substantial and long. For the first time, my kids woke up.  I wasn't at all surprised that it was the biggest since Loma Prieta.  I got up and re-assured my kids, and as I walked back to bed, I could hear the wine glasses that hang in my dining room chiming.  Since nothing fell anywhere, I didn't think to check the basement until just now when I saw this thread.  I'd seen pictures of barrel rooms all topsy turvy--not surprised, those places are houses of cards and OSHA would not approve.  I'll check in with Mike Hendry and some other folks soon.  Glad to hear Carter/Envy is okay, more importantly the people are okay.  Napa proper has a lot of unreinforced masonry buildings downtown and there has been little sense of urgency about upgrading them.  Not a choice now--all the damaged buildings were unreinforced masonry (or mobile homes not properly secured), 

So what were the results in my basement?  I actually spent a bit of time cleaning up and inventorying last weekend, so it's neater than usual.  Here's a picture taken fifteen minutes ago:

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 24.

Oh no OT!   It's like the beginning of a tale of two cities!

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Reply by EMark, Aug 25.

I am very glad to hear the positive reports from the Snoothers.

My heart goes out to those who have suffered losses--especially, those who suffered injuries and their families.

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Reply by dvogler, Aug 25.

Thanks for the reports.  Glad that everyone's okay.  Thank God for the quality cooperage too.

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Reply by outthere, Aug 25.

Trefethen did not fair so well.

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 25.

Glad to hear everyone is ok, including Mike Smith and his future releases, and Fox your cellar is looking pretty sharp.

Interesting that much of the damage we've seen is coming from the larger houses. Easier to be more careful with less I suppose...seems that Napa had enjoyed about 20 years of earthquake free storage up until now.

PS: Rare Wine Co. put out an e-mail that they were not affected, due to a newer construction building.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Aug 26.

This update from 25 Aug 2014 is from the Napa Valley Vintners:

Harvest is underway in Napa Valley and everyone is working hard to get business “back to normal” as quickly as possible. Weather throughout the growing season has been ideal and vintners are expecting yet another excellent vintage, the third year in a row in the region. The earthquake did not impact vineyards or the grapes on the vine and majority of Napa Valley’s wineries are open for business.

For those who did suffer equipment or facility damage, there are resources available to secure temporary tanks and other production equipment to help them get through the next few weeks. The spirit of collaboration for which the Napa Valley is known is expected to prevail, even for those who did suffer damage.

At this time, it is too early to provide damage or loss estimates for wine, equipment and facilities, but here are some things that are known:

  • Some NVV member wineries did sustain damage to their barrel storage areas, wine inventory and production equipment over the weekend, but details are not currently available.
  • There were no reports of winery employees being injured by the earthquake.
  • The majority of the wine that is at the wineries right now is from the 2012 and 2013 vintages – the two most abundant vintages ever. While some individual wineries may experience inventory shortages as a result of the earthquake, it is not expected to have a significant impact on Napa Valley wine inventory in general.

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