Napa Valley, California--yesterday’s (August 24) magnitude 6.0 (earlier reported as 6.1) couldn’t have come at a worse time for the wineries. It’s harvest season in the vineyard-rich area. The losses thus far are estimated in the billions of dollars for the industry that pretty much supports the Napa Valley.
The Washington Post today reported that,”Napa Valley, was at the epicenter of the earthquake responsible for dozens of injuries and damages estimated to surpass $1 billion. And wine that bled out on cellar floors will make up a hefty chunk of the lost revenue. The valley’s more than 500 wineries generate some $13 billion a year for the regional economy, according to Napa Valley Vintners, a trade organization.”
Attached with this article is a video from a baby monitor that was posted to YouTube. The child tosses and turns with the rolling shakes but never wakes up, even as objects in the room rattle. The family didn't report any damage and were "fine," the baby's father, Artem Russakovskii, wrote on YouTube.
Here's our baby room shaking at 3:30am last night during the 6.0 Napa earthquake. Turn up the volume to hear the rumbling. Pretty crazy stuff for me, though Chileans used to 6.0+ earthquakes are all like... http://i.imgur.com/GqUiX92.gif.
The major earthquake, the first in 25 years for the Napa Valley/Bay Area, proved a shocking reminder that California needs to stay on it tones when it comes to preparedness for these drastic seismic events. Many of Napa’s historic buildings were also destryoyed by the shaker, several fires broke out and 100 or so people were injured. No fatalities have been reported thus far.