Napa quake sends wake-up call to Mountain Communities

  • Frazier Park sits in the middle of The Big Bend of the San Andreas fault.

    Frazier Park sits in the middle of The Big Bend of the San Andreas fault.

By Gary Meyer with P. Hedlund

Napa is beginning to recover from the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck six miles southwest of the city on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 3:20 a.m.
The quake injured as many as 208 people, three critically, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Meanwhile most Mountain Community residents recognize this is a reminder that we all need to prepare our homes and families for disasters such as fires and earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that the Napa earthquake occurred within a 44-mile-wide set of major faults that are part of the San Andreas Fault (SAF) system. This is the same fault that passes through all our Mountain Communities.

The SAF is the boundary where the Pacific tectonic plate is sliding along the…

Image: A map of the San Andreas Fault showing the Big Bend in relation to Frazier Park

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This is part of the August 29, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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