I was awoken by a significant earthquake at 3:20AM this morning. It was a pretty good rolling, then a few strong jolts, maybe 15 seconds. No damage here, just an exciting ride. But based on the strength, and not knowing where the epicenter was, it occurred to me it could be a bad quake somewhere if the epicenter was farther away from me.
Got up and started googling and it was a 6.0 near American Canyon, which is about 6 miles south of Napa. My Mom lives in Napa...oh boy. Tried her number and busy signal. As I watched the news, early reports said a fire in a mobile home park in Napa. My Mom lives in a mobile home park in Napa...oh boy. Looking online I saw some news stories about the fire, and the street name. It was my Moms street!
Watched the news switching stations trying to get a better idea where on the street as they kept saying 3 or 4 homes destroyed by fire. I called my oldest brother who lives closer up there and woke him up. he had felt the quake of course, but had gone back to sleep. He said he was going to watch the news. He called me about an hour later and said he was going to try and drive to my Moms and see what was up.
The news was now showing the area, and the burned up homes, but weren't panning around much. It looked like at the end of her street, 1/2 a block away from her place, but I couldn't be sure. They spoke to a neighbor who was mentioning the occupants of 2 of the homes, and I knew it wasn't my Moms. Then they were saying at least 12 homes somewhat damaged by the fire, and some off their foundations, etc.
My Mom has just sold her place, she will be moving up closer to my oldest brother when her new place is ready. I just got a call from my brother, he is there, my Mom is OK, the fire was indeed where I thought it was, so no fire damage to her place. But it was only one home away from the fire. The one next to hers is the one they show with melted sides! It's far right in this screen shot.
From the outside, it looks like no structural damage. But looking in the windows, he says every drawer and cabinet is open, and broken stuff all over the floor.
The fire department won't be letting anyone back in to the places until everything can be checked out. She'll be going home with my brother as soon as they get an update from the authorities.
So...PHEW! Looks like she'll lose some "things", but her sale will likely go through, and she'll have less to move
Her park will be a mess for quite some time, one of her best friends home is completely off it's foundation. But she and her little dog are OK, but...no pun intended...shaken up.
I'm quite relieved, it could have been much, much worse. The water mains broke, so no water for the firefighters. Watch the video and my Moms place is like 5 or 6 houses away from this.
Mobile homes gutted by fire after Napa earthquake | News - KCRA Home
As I say, she's OK, he house looks structurally OK, but she'll have a lot of broken things inside. I'll probably talk to her later once she's at my brothers place.