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.
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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.
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.
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.