Shake Rattle & Roll — Updated — CM Keen Declares State of Emergency

Update 8/24 — 1:38 PM — City Manager Dan Keen has declared a state of emergency for Vallejo in order to receive reimbursement for “event related resources.”  So far 41 structures in Vallejo have been reported damaged. Many of the historic residences on Mare Island have been damaged by chimneys as they collapsed. The Forest Service building on Mare Island sustained damage from a broken water pipe and physical damage to computers and other equipment. A section of railing on the Mare Island causeway collapsed. Numerous buildings  on Mare Island and  throughout Vallejo have been yellow tagged restricting access until city inspectors can assess issues or see repairs made. Building 207 on Nimitz Ave displayed cracks on the facade raising concerns over falling masonry or partial collapse with city personnel detouring traffic around the area. KYVU 2 reported that there was looting of businesses with broken windows on Tennessee street, but merchants have indicated that while there were concerns, they were unaware of any actual looting.





8/24/14 — 5:16 PM

By now we know that at 3:22 AM Vallejo was rocked by a magnitude 6.0 quake centered just north of American Canyon. Power is out in various sections of the city, with the waterfront around the ferry building dark and much of the hillside around Vallejo Heights also dark. The highway 37 Sonoma Blvd westbound off ramp is closed for a possible structural problem. The most visible damage was to the First United Methodist Church on Sonoma which dropped a chunk of its facade onto the sidewalk on the Sonoma side. (picture) Downtown merchants were checking their businesses. Ray at Victory Army Navy had a lot of stuff thrown off the shelves. Some shop windows were blown out on Tennessee street.united_methodist_2


It seems that Vallejo was lucky. Downtown Napa has been hit much more heavily with damage to the historic library and other historic buildings as well as structure fires and much more extensive damage overall.united_methodist_1


On a personal note: That was scary. My bed did a little jig with me in it and ended up at a 45 degree angle to the room. The spices jumped off the shelves and some glassware broke. The cat did a low rider shuffle around the room and hid under the couch. A friend called: His chimney collapsed, but nobody was hurt.

We were lucky here in Vallejo.

Wishing our neighbors in Napa the best in this terrible situation.

'Shake Rattle & Roll — Updated — CM Keen Declares State of Emergency' have 14 comments

  1. August 24, 2014 @ 5:57 am wharf rat

    5;47 minor aftershock , expect many more to come , secure all glassware etc , there will be more to come … Be sure to check for gas leaks
    and water leaks … Hwy 37 AND 29 shut down due to visible cracks in the structures … Only day light will tell the whole story ….


  2. August 24, 2014 @ 6:08 am wharf rat

    5;47 Nimitz and rickover , partial building collapse …. forsest service building has damage …. major water leak on causeway ,, seems to be alot of damage on MI … sounds like an old fault has awakened … replaced the contents of my fridge and pantry ,, tied the doors together ,, might have some strong aftershocks ,, be prepared , the next 72 hours might be rockin and rollin …….


  3. August 24, 2014 @ 6:21 am Anonymous

    Northern California quake struck on long-dormant fault, USGS says


  4. August 24, 2014 @ 10:14 am wharf rat

    Mare island took a hard hit , early predictions are that the franklin fault is the culprit ….. windows broken on tennessee street , with reported looting ……..roll-up door on commercial fell down , with reported looting ….. many calls coming in , seems daylight is revealing
    damage reports are trickiling in, Vallejo has suffered major damage , but nothing like old town Napa , which has had major building collapses and fires ………. AM Can got hit hard , many homes damaged ……… It was a wild ride, finally put all the pantry items back on shelves , but many books and etc to go ……….. even in the midst of a disaster the criminal class continues to tax emergency services with their adolesent psycopathic bull shit ……….. after shocks can be expected , but this fault is not well known ,, we could experience large aftershocks , and should take precautions ,,, such as securing cabinet doors and loose items , or anything that could fall and injure someone ,,, gas shut off ability needs to be adressed ,, this is easy ,,, also securing main breaker on your electrical panel is a good idea until things stabilize , then after closing all breakers , restore them one by one , if one trips leave it off ……..


  5. August 24, 2014 @ 10:31 am Anne

    Growing up in Vallejo, far from the earthquake capital of Hollister, earthquakes seemed theoretical. We’d hear about them happening, visit the jagged fence break at Pt Reyes, but rarely feel quakes up here. The Loma Prieta made earthquakes feel more real, but still a distant problem.

    Last night’s quake definitely made the whole earthquake thing real! Guess I’ll finally get serious about all those safety steps they tell you to take: water, flashlights, canned food etc. How many times have I scoffed at the earthquake kits KQED offers as a premium during membership drives? How boring, I’d think, are those really necessary? Ok, I believe now, sign me up!

    Looking at the pictures from Napa, you can see why we don’t have so many gorgeous old brick buildings out here in the West. Lovely buildings until a quake comes along!

    The quake is also a reminder to take liquefaction zones seriously. I’m not sure where the Hayward Fault runs with respect to Vallejo, but with the probability of a strong quake on that fault, we ought to scrutinize where we plan to develop & build in Vallejo, and what we put where.


  6. August 24, 2014 @ 10:39 am Anonymous

    Largest earthquake in 25 YEARS rocks San Francisco Bay: 6.0 earthquake leaves 89 injured, buildings destroyed and thousands without power

    – The 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Northern California about six miles southwest of Napa around 3:30am Sunday morning
    – It was the largest earthquake to hit California since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake
    – Queen of the Valley Hospital has treated 89 patients for injuries related to the earthquake
    – At least two injuries are described as ‘major’
    – About 36 aftershocks have been recorded so far – the largest registering at 3.6 magnitude
    – Pictures posted to social media show serious damage to buildings and roads in the California wine country
    – The earthquake also set off several fires in the Napa area, including one in a mobile home park
    – There is a small 5- to 10-percent chance that this morning’s earthquake is a prelude to a larger event
    – Napa is currently in the middle of wine harvest season, the height of tourist for the year


  7. August 24, 2014 @ 11:38 am craig-

    Many years ago, a 1906 survivor told me: : In your bedroom never hang anything above your head that you wouldn’t mind wearing around neck”. More recent advice: always keep sandles or flipflops by the side of your bed; most injuries are from walking on broken glass.

    We were very lucky this morning. I have no idea why. It could have been so much worse.


  8. August 24, 2014 @ 12:47 pm wharf rat

    Awake up call for sure , just how well is Vallejo prepared for the big one ,,, other cities have catches of supplies , such a OX and water or even MRI’s …… Vallejo is behind the eight ball in all respects ….. We pay big salaries , yet have little back up for those that fund so – called emergency services ……. where will the people , evacuated from major metropolitian centers go , since we now have the ——-
    Water emergency transportation authority controlling our ferry boats … do we even have basic supplies for them , or transportation to
    medical centers …. seems a bit short sighted ,,,, where are the supplies , are there even blankets ………………….


  9. August 24, 2014 @ 3:01 pm GW

    Who does know how prepared Vallejo really is… not only technically because I hope that has been taken care of….. but the everyday necessities that would give some normality to a dire situation.

    I have heard from a few who lay on a supply of canned food and water and assorted other supplies that will make a difference, if they can reach their supplies in times of need ….but how many of us buy stuff that has a certain life span, but is nothing we regularly consume and also like, how many rotate their supplies and how many actually have them stored properly and reachable? Especially during a time of high stress and need we should have something good (but bad for us) that will lift our spirits and provides some much needed comfort and love…. put some real thought into buying things that will help you survive ….and then
    date them, rotate them on a regular basis and store them thoughtfully!

    A few years ago (2008) I participated in the now defunct ALERT program that certifies me as a properly sworn Volunteer Disaster Service Worker who if called upon now would be as useful as a third……, well you know what I mean. I and to my knowledge none of the few that were in the same course were ever asked back for a refresher course. But I will never forget what our instructor then told us, that after about 72 hours max, but most likely less, without any outside assistance, the City of Vallejo will fall to the mob of unprepared individuals who will take from those that have prepared. Dire? You bet!

    Should our situation be so severe, with most of our infrastructure in shambles, bridges down, stores without supplies because of looting, over crowded medical facilities that may have damaged buildings themselves, the Ferry would be useless as that mode of transport is coming and going to areas that are in the same boat as we are in, no pun intended, maybe even worse! As long as we are unable to take care of ourselves and the immediate need of the local resident is met, we should not entice anyone to come to Vallejo.
    I know this is not politically correct, but is a reality I hope we never have to face.


  10. August 24, 2014 @ 8:34 pm Bong Hit

    “KYVU 2 reported that there was looting of businesses with broken windows on Tennessee street.”

    I wonder if it would be too much to ask KTVU where they got this information.


  11. August 25, 2014 @ 9:58 am Bong Hit

    “Vallejo police said Sunday afternoon there were three reports of looting and burglary following to the earthquake.

    Police said the Goodwill warehouse in the 1000 block of Tennessee Street was looted, but it was not immediately known what was taken. At about 7:30 a.m., witnesses reported seeing a man entered a business in the 200 block of Commercial Street through a fallen gate and fled in a vehicle with some items.

    The Mare Island Sports Center on Walnut Avenue also reported that their TVs have been stolen Sunday, police added.”


  12. August 25, 2014 @ 3:53 pm wharf rat

    3;49 Sonoma Blvd shut down both directions between Florida and Carolina , First Baptist Church bell tower at risk of collapse .. The VIB news chopper is providing ariel coverage as well a a reporter on the ground ………


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