As most of you have probably already seen, we were struck by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake at 3:20 AM. The epicenter being only a few miles from my home here in Yountville. I was fortunate to have had only some breakage, several ceramic items, a lamp and a couple of glass containers. Upon first review, no structural damage. I will make a final assessment when it gets fully light.
This is my fourth large California earthquake I have lived through. The worst was the Selma quake in 1971 at 6.6 magnitude, then Loma Prieta magnitude 6.9 and the 2000 Napa earthquake at 5.2. What I want anyone reading this, PREPARE for another one will happen. There is a 5-10% chance this morning’s shake is a pre-shock to a larger one to follow in the next few days. There is a 50% chance of a 5.0 aftershock.
I am ok and being my largest investment, my home is too, I feel fortunate and do thank someone else far above my pay grade for being so. Maybe we all need to think about life, living it to the fullest and take comfort in this simple belief for it can be taken from you in a second or 20 which was about how long this morning’s quake was. I hope others are as fortunate as I, cheers cvc