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Napa earthquake tl;dr: we are fine, how are you?

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Aug. 24th, 2014 | 10:43 am

The earthquake this morning was strong and long enough to wake us all up, but not enough to break anything in our house. Considering the bookhenges, that's pretty mild.

We're 40 miles from the epicenter though, and it was a bit worse up there. Some of the oldest buildings in California are in Napa and while they mostly stayed standing, a lot of decorative facing bits and bricks fell over. Some trailer homes fell off their foundations and some collapsed. But this was a relatively light one, 6.1, and the California building codes are quite strong, so it could have been worse.

The SF Chronicle local newspaper has a good story

and the US Geological Survey has the definitive data

So it's not the Big One, like the 1960 San Francisco earthquake, which was a 7 (10 times as strong as a 6). We're going to be in so much shit when that one comes...

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from: magickalmolly
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
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We felt one shake at about 3:15 this morning. It was strong enough to wake me and Jon up, but it only lasted about five seconds. If there were anymore here, I didn't feel them - I rolled over and went right back to sleep!

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
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3:20 was the big one, went on for at least 15 seconds which felt like forever!

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