Workers stack broken wine barrels after a massive collapse at a wine-barrel storage facility
SISMO de NAPA/ CALIFORNIA (6°R)
Los trabajadores colocan barriles de vino rotos después de un colapso masivo en una instalación de almacenamiento de vino en toneles en NAPA California
120 heridos, 3 graves tras sismo en Napa, California
Es el temblor más fuerte que golpea la zona de Napa Valley en casi 25 años
20:18 EDT 24 de agosto 2014
NAPA, California -. Un fuerte sismo sacudió la pintoresca región vinícola de Napa del norte de California la madrugada del domingo hiriendo a más de 100 personas, ladrillo y hormigón se desprendió desde edificios históricos y hubo incendios y cortes de energía.
Las autoridades dijeron que al menos 15 edificios quedaron inhabitables, y muchos más esperan una evaluación adicional. Funcionarios de transporte estatales inspeccionan carreteras y puentes y los declararon seguros para viajar.
El terremoto de magnitud 6,0°R ocurrió alrededor de 3:20 am. Para algunos residentes, el temblor revivió los recuerdos del último gran terremoto del Área de la Bahía de San Francisco hace 25 años, que hizo un daño importante.
El gobernador Jerry Brown, declaró el estado de emergencia para los condados de Napa, Solano, y Sonoma. Se ordenó cerrar las escuelas en el Valle de Napa el lunes.
Mike Parness, administrador de la ciudad, dijo que 15 o 16 edificios en el centro de la ciudad fueron "marcados con rojo" después de que inspectores encontraron daños que los dejaron demasiado peligroso para que la gente los ocupe. Varias docenas de otros edificios estaban a la espera de evaluación.
En la sección central de la ciudad, un trozo de 10 pies de ladrillo y hormigón se desprendió desde la esquina del viejo edificio de la corte del condado. Grandes trozos de escombros cubrían el césped y la calle en el frente del edificio.
Es el mayor terremoto Napa desde el de Loma Prieta
El sismo tuvo su epicentro cerca de American Canyon a unos 6 kilómetros al suroeste de Napa, informó el Servicio Geológico de Estados Unidos. Es el mayor sismo que golpeó la región de Napa Valley, cerca de San Francisco desde el terremoto de Loma Prieta en 1989.
Al menos tres personas fueron reportadas en estado crítico después del terremoto. Uno de ellos, un niño de 13 años de edad, fue herido por la caída de una chimenea, fue trasladado en helicóptero al hospital de la Universidad de California-Davis para cirugía.
Jack LaRochelle, director de obras públicas de la ciudad, dijo que cerca de 77.000 personas se vieron afectadas, y que 30 acueductos se rompieron y requerían reparación.
Después de que el shock inicial se disipó, un aire casi festivo prevaleció en la ciudad con los turistas en bicicletas alquiladas circulando por las calles cerradas. En un momento en que muchas personas estaban enviando fotos desde sus teléfonos móviles, los sistemas celulares se vieron desbordados.
Ron Peralez, of Vacaville, Calif., sits on rubble and looks at earthquake-damaged buildings Aug. 25 in Napa, Calif.
Diagram of southern California showing the San Andreas Fault as a master player in a tectonic setting that includes other faults and compressional fold belts (image source: Southern California Earthquake Center)
120 injured, 3 critical after Napa, California quake
It is the strongest temblor to hit the Napa Valley area in nearly 25 years
8:18 p.m. EDT August 24, 2014
NAPA, Calif. — A strong earthquake that rocked Northern California's scenic Napa wine country early Sunday injured more than 100 people, sent brick and concrete tumbling from historic buildings and triggered fires and power outages.
Officials said at least 15 buildings were left uninhabitable, and many more awaited further evaluation. State transportation officials inspected highways and bridges and declared them safe for travel.
The magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck around 3:20 a.m.. For some residents, the temblor revived memories of the last big quake to strike the San Francisco Bay Area 25 years ago, which did major damage.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Schools in Napa Valley were ordered closed Monday.
Mike Parness, city manager, said 15 or 16 buildings in the central downtown were "red tagged" after inspectors found damage left them too dangerous for people to enter. Several dozen other buildings were awaiting further evaluation.
"We've got a lot of workers out checking out homes and buildings,'' Parness said.
In the city's downtown section, a 10-foot chunk of brick and concrete was shaken from the corner of the old county courthouse building. Big pieces of rubble littered the lawn and street in front of the building.
Largest Napa quake since Loma Prieta
The quake was centered near American Canyon about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It's the largest quake to hit the Napa Valley region near San Francisco since the Loma Prieta temblor in 1989.
At least three people were reported in critical condition following quake injuries, officials said. One of them, a 13-year-old boy injured by a falling fireplace, was airlifted to the University of California-Davis hospital for surgery.
Jack LaRochelle, public works director of the city of about 77,000 people, said 30 water mains were broken and requiring repairs.
After the initial shock wore off, an almost festive air prevailed in the city with tourists on rented bicycles riding through closed streets. At one point so many people were sending photos from their mobile phones that cellular systems were overwhelmed.
Most of the heavily damaged buildings were in the older, central area of town. Newer homes and buildings away from the center of city city suffered less damage, but many were without power, officials said.
That lack of power meant some residents who rely on well water were unable to get water.
John Furtado headed into Napa to look for water. "But we're doing fine overall. It's just some minor damage. A couple bottles of wine broke,'' he said.
Many injured during clean-up
Kelly Huston, a deputy director with the California Office of Emergency Services, said there were no reports of fatalities, but dozens were taken to local hospitals. Most injuries, he anticipated, would be from falling objects and debris.
Napa's local hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, treated 172 patients Sunday and admitted 13, CEO Walt Mickens said. Most were treated for cuts and bruises, while at least three were admitted for broken bones and two for heart attacks.
"Now it appears we're treating people (injured while) cleaning up," hospital spokeswoman Vanessa deGier said Sunday afternoon.
As Napa, California business owners look over the damage, they say this is worse than the 1989 earthquake that hit the area. A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the Napa Valley early Sunday morning.
Huston said several fires were burning in the area of the quake and that the state was dispatching urban search and rescue teams "much like we would on a wildfire." He said state officials would do a flyover shortly to assess damage. Further inspections could reveal more damage, he warned.
Six structure fires were reported, John Callanan, Napa fire chief, said. In one of those fires, four mobile homes were destroyed.
64,000 without power
At least 64,000 people were without power at some point, state emergency officials said. By evening power had been restored to all but 17,000 customers, according to Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest power provider in the area.
Firefighters in the Napa Valley worked fast to slow home fires after arriving on scene to find water main breaks had damaged their ability to get water on the fires. VPC
Napa Police Capt. Steve Potter said the area's 911 system was briefly overwhelmed by calls that came in shortly after the quake, but the system quickly came back.
There were no reported highway blockages, though Huston said there was a report of a buckled offramp on state Highway 72 at Sonoma.
Napa is a picturesque town known for its lush vineyards, robust wines and rolling hills. There was no electricity downtown early Sunday as residents walked looking for damage. On Second Street, the masonry, wires and girders that make up the corner of the roof of a three-story historic building hung precariously over the sidewalk. A gaping hole was left where the masonry used to be. On the ground below a pile of bricks and rubble littered the sidewalk. Falling concrete damaged trees.
The historic Napa Valley Courthouse lost a portion of its roof, and police blocked off sections of the downtown to keep crowds away from the debris. Two other historical buildings — the Sam Kee Laundry, the Goodman Library — were also damaged.
Diagram illustrating the plate-tectonic setting of southern California (image source: USGS general-interest publication "This dynamic earth: the story of plate tectonics" (Kious and Tilling, 1996).