The Quake of 2014

From the Nov 15, 2014, issue

It wasn't the Big One, but it was big enough. On Aug. 24, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake, the biggest in Napa history, shook and rattled this small wine country city. The sudden release of energy from the earth's crust jolted Napa at 3:20 a.m., an hour that most Napans were tucked away in bed and restaurants and wineries, bustling with activity only hours before, were closed and empty. There's never a convenient time for an earthquake, but nighttime is far safer than daytime. It was the strongest earthquake in the Bay Area in 25 years, since the devastating 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, centered near Santa Cruz. Wine Spectator's James Laube explains.

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