Resources are headed to Napa and some are on standby here in the Central Valley. This news is devastating for many, the fact that it happened hours away.
One person we spoke with was in Napa and felt the quake, and one is keeping his family in his prayers. Sunday morning's earthquake not only shook South Napa Valley, but it hit close to home.
"I was worried not going to lie.. I kind of felt like getting up and going home right away," said Horacio Segura, Napa county Native. When Fresno State student Horacio Segura of Napa County heard the news he immediately called his family. "My parents are fine, family is fine, I have an uncle who was in American Canyon who was the heart of the Earthquake, his house is structurally fine," said Segura.His aunt lives in the mobile home park that saw some of the most serious damage. "I guess a few of them burned down but she was not one of the few."
Anastasia Alavezos of Clovis is shaken up after spending the weekend at a resort in Napa. "We were in these little beds, in the cottage we were staying at off the golf course, they were shaking like literally rattling us out of the bed," said Alavezos. She says the power was out, she heard the sound of sirens and she couldn't wait to get home. "As we were leaving town there were cracks in the road you can see where the earth had split."
Our local American Red Cross team is on standby to provide comfort for those dealing with this traumatic experience."Our Napa volunteers and Red Cross Team does have it under control there with an evacuation center and they're helping out the residents there with their immediate needs," said Jessica Piffero, American Red Cross, Regional Director of Communications. The most important resources they're providing is lodging, food and clothing.
Geology professor , Dr. John Wakabayashi of Fresno State says this quake was no surprise. "It will shake even more severely if they get bulls-eyed by a 6.5," said Dr. John Wakabayashi, Geology Professor of Fresno State. He researched quakes in that area in the late 90s, the West Napa Fault to be precise and it has been an area of concern for seismic hazards. "It's a wakeup call I believe for people to realize this is an area where we ought to be thinking about possibility of larger and more damaging earthquakes," said Dr. Wakabayashi.
Even though the quake was hours away the impact is being felt here in the Central Valley.The American Red Cross team tells us, while that area is recovering, from Central Valley to Napa Valley help is near.