Napa Earthquake 2 (photos of our house, classroom and downtown)

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Forum topic by Napaman posted 08-27-2014 05:15 AM 1422 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2014 05:15 AM

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your warm thoughts and well wishes. As quickly stated Sunday we survived and are still doing fine…we are very blessed compared to so many who have lost everything…

Sunday I was able to post a quick note letting you know we made it through a tough night in Napa with the 6.1 earthquake less than 5 miles from our house…at that time I wanted to get photos of my shop and house but internet was intermittant—-and, lol our hands were a bit full…

To summarize we are fine and all services are restored. Our house seems okay. We have a lot of new cracks inside and out that I am assuming are superficial—-but to be honest I am not sure. We lost a lot of glass items, furniture got flipped…but we lossed very little compared to a lot of people.

We are very blessed. The hardest part was the earthquake itself. I have always taken earthquakes very cavalierly because they have never been that bad…this one went on forever…and it was really violent the whole time…stuff fell down blocking our way to the girls’ room and it was pitch black…we were really out of it…

The next tough part was after we realized we were all okay…we checked on neighbors…30 minutes later a house on the next block had a partial collapse—-i did not hear it since I was inside…but my neighbors heard the collapse and the immediate shouts…we then heard what sounded like a blasting firehydrant—-but it was not water…the house broke a gas main…and it was not a little leak…it was really loud…my neighbor dashed over and people all got out…but were vacating. The wind was carrying the smell the other way so we did not realize how bad it was…but eventually shut off our gas and left for an hour until it was all clear. This was all in the dark still….

Water mains were busted on all the roads…but nothing too scary as we headed to our church, not sure where to go…sirens were everywhere as you can imagine…our two immediate house concerns were glass everywhere…and the supply lines to the water heater cracked and were spraying water…the rest was lifting up and moving back furniture that shifted many feet…our bed end up 1 foot off the wall—-and we were both in it at the time…

Once home light started to come up and we could survey damage…the first set of photos is our house…the next set of photos was my classroom…

The third set of photos was downtown. After cleaning the last few days (home and then school) I had to get out and see downtown for myself…hoping that TV coverage was making it worse. I am sad to say that it was worse then I expected. On our way downtown we passed dozens of homes that were either red flagged or yellow flagged…way more then I expected including MANY on our street.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL THE POSITIVE WISHES AND PRAYERS WE HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED…house in in good shape…I will try to face my shop this weekend…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 08:01 AM

Sad about the damage. Glad your damage was less. Hope your family is doing well.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 10:26 AM

Matt, thanks for taking the time to update us and share these photos. Again, so glad you and the family are fine.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 11:39 AM

Thanks for the update. Happy everyone at your place is ok. Good luck on the cleanup and repairs.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 12:19 PM

Thank God you guys are alright.
Things can be replaced.
We got the news of the quake as soon as it happened down here in Florida.
Then, a short time later, the news was updated with the severity.
My family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you out in California.

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 12:18 AM

Inspectors out walking our house is fine…it was only a spot check on the front. ..but its a relief.


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 08:46 PM

Now that we have the most important things, family safe….how about your boats? See where my head drifts off to.

-- life is a journey not a destination

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 03:51 AM

Lol…slow and steady…pdr is close…havent worked on the pdr in a long time…this weekend I will try to continue the fiber glass taping on the bottom edges…then prime/paint bottom…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 08-30-2014 01:08 AM

Nice to hear from you. Glad you’re you and family are OK. Wow, work on boats can calm the nerves, good for you.

-- life is a journey not a destination

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#9 posted 08-31-2014 09:05 PM

I lived in Marin county 29 years and only felt one or two light tremors. I moved away before the big one. Glad you are safe.

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#10 posted 09-04-2014 10:51 AM

Matt I am sorry to hear you had a earthquake.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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