I woke up this morning to the local news reporting a 6.0 earthquake in Napa Valley California. The Napa Valley is 75 miles away from Menlo Park and takes about 1 ½ hours to drive. A 6.0 quake is a big earthquake. The Loma Prieta quake in 1989 was a 6.9 quake.
One of the differences between the 2 was that the Loma Prieta Earthquake’s center occurred in an area approximately 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Santa Cruz (60 miles and 1 ½ hours from San Francisco). The quake was on a section of the San Andreas Fault that runs 800 miles through the center of California past San Francisco into Northern California.
The Napa Valley Quake’s center was 6 miles south of the town of Napa and it radiated in a circular area. The earthquake was felt from San Francisco to Sacramento. My daughter who lives in San Francisco said that she felt it but I didn’t. This earthquake was on the West Napa Fault which is probably also tied the San Andreas Fault.
I didn’t take any of the following photos but I thought you might be interested in seeing the town of Napa after the quake. They have a huge amount of cleaning to do. I also expect the price of California wine to go up since there were many wineries that suffered damage.
The news reported that visitors are still welcome in the Valley. Anyone who has been planning a visit should call their hotel and see if they are open. The towns north of Napa seem to have fared better than Napa. There are about 800 wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.