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Napa Earthquake: Wine Country Shaken but not Stirred

The strongest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years occurred Sunday August 24th at 3:20am.  The magnitude 6.0 earthquake was located near American Canyon, CA, approximately 6 miles south of the city of Napa.

Building at corner of Second and Brown Streets damaged from Napa earthquake. Courtesy of chicagotribune.com.

 Early Morning Devastation

The pre-dawn trembler woke many area residents from their sleep, and individuals all across the Bay Area felt the impact with nearly nine million people experiencing the tremors.  Initially, 70,000 customers lost electricity, but by Monday morning only 2,200 were left without power reported the electric company Pacific Gas & Electric.  In addition, multiple water lines were ruptured during the event, and it may take a week to have them all repaired said Napa Public Works Director Jack Rochelle. However, “Running water is safe to drink,” stated Rochelle. Napa Division Fire Chief John Callanan told reporters that the earthquake spurred six major fires that destroyed multiple mobile homes in the area.  Some of these fires were caused by broken gas lines.  There were 20 gas distribution “outages,” and utility team are responding to several hundred “gas odor” calls. Amtrak suspended its train service through the Bay Area so tracks could be inspected. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency.

Firefighters spray foam on a fire at a mobile home. Courtesy of latimes.com.

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California Fires: State Prepares for Unprecedented Wildfire Season

In California, 2014 has been the year of historic & devastating wildfires. Over the past week, nearly 5,000 firefighters have battled ten wildfires that have swiftly moved across San Diego County resulting in 176,000 evacuation notices and nearly $20 million in damages. Early reports note that this wildfire season has been more devastating than previous ones with nearly twice as many fires as the average number of fires over the past five years. These fires have required at least two dozen water trucks and bulldozers, four air tankers and at least twenty-two military helicopters to be contained and have damaged an estimated 25,000 acres of land.

Cal wildfire image

(courtesy of National Geographic)

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