What is an earthquake?, we all know is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden breaking and movement of large sections (tectonic plates) of the earth's rocky outermost crust. The edges of the tectonic plates are marked by faults (or fractures). Most earthquakes occur along the fault lines when the plates slide past each other or collide against each other.

How did you feel our most recent earthquake this early morning of August 24th? Did it wake you up?? For me, yes--indeed for a second I thought that my old two story apartment building was going to fall apart!  Certainly not a nice feeling. The epicenter at American Canyon is 60 miles from Geyserville and this was the strongest earthquake that we have experienced since 1989 triggering six major fires. The Napa High School was requisitioned a shelter for those who lost their homes.

Some historic buildings in downtown Napa were damaged extensively.

Any wine damage? Of course. Mentioning just one, at a famous store in Napa the shelving had moved 2 feet to 3 feet from the wall and much of their inventory had fallen to the floor including $200 dollar bottles of wine.

After many conversations its clear we all felt this earthquake in many different ways but the more than 100 year old building that houses Locals is still standing just as it was after the 1906 earthquake and Loma Prieta.  Geyservillians are debating whether the crack in the masonry on the front of the building may have gotten a little bigger, but we are still here selling great wine!

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