The 2014 South Napa earthquake occurred south of the city of Napa, California on August 24 at 3:20 a.m. local time, measuring at 6.0 on the moment magnitude scale. The tremor’s epicenter was located approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km) northwest of American Canyon near the West Napa Fault, beneath the Napa Valley Marina on Milton Road, just west of the Napa County Airport. The earthquake was the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake 25 years earlier. Significant damage and several fires were reported in the southern Napa Valley area, and there was also damage in the nearby city of Vallejo, in Solano County. The quake injured about 200 people and interrupted electric service to more than 69,000 customers. An experimental earthquake warning system gave seismologists a short notice of the imminent shaking.
Despite this critical event, wine aging racks with many Skolnik stainless steel barrels survived the ferocious ground movements. Our thanks to Terin Ignozzi of Bryter Estates Winery that sent us this photo and comment, “just a quick note to say that even a 6.1 earthquake can’t defeat Skolnik SS drums… All survived to last another vintage!” Thank you Terin! We are grateful that in addition to the barrels, that you and Bryter also survived such a disastrous event!