Two-Year Anniversary Of Napa Earthquake


Harvest teacher Mrs. Kvidahl picks through the debris to find her classroom clock frozen at the exact time of the big Napa Quake 2014.

Two years ago, August 25, 2014, at 3:20 A.M. in Napa, California, A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the area rocking people awake and shaking up homes.

Unfortunately, one death occurred while the shaking ground left 200 injured. Houses were damaged, along with older buildings in the downtown area. If you were to take a small tour, you would easily be able to see the damage done. However, that is not the case for some of the antique buildings.

As the outside walls may look fine, the inside may not be the same story. Many buildings had collateral damage on the interior, while some were left untouched. As you could imagine, being an older town, Napa had many brick buildings.HQ1

During the shaking, some of these bricks fell and, eventually, some of the older buildings were able to be fixed. However, some are still under construction as they haven’t been repaired.

Our Eyes of the Hawk reporters went around Harvest Middle School asking a few different teachers about their own stories. The results came back mixed as all stories were different.

Question: What did you wake up to?

Mrs. Hurtado:  I woke up on the floor. Me and my husband were in separate rooms. I was sleeping in one room with one of the twins, while my husband was in the other room with a twin. We had been to a wedding that night and we finally arrived home around 1:30 in the morning. By the time the earthquake struck, I had just fallen asleep and I fell off the bed. Since there was a drawer by the bed, one of them opened and hit me in the back. Later on I had a bruise the size of a tennis ball. Since my first instinct was to try and protect the twin, I attempted to get back on the bed and shield him, but the earthquake had ended before I had a chance.


Question:  Did anyone you know or you yourself get hurt?HQ3

Mr. Meeks:   No, there was some glass in places but no one got hurt.


 Question: What did you think when you woke up?                                                                                                                                                             Ms. Davis: Well, me and my fiance had both managed to sleep through the entire earthquake. So, when we woke up, my fiance went into the living room and yelled “WE’VE BEEN ROBBED!” Alarmed, I instantly ran downstairs when we realized we still had our TV, our computers, everything that would have normally been stolen in a robbery. Checking our phones, we had so many texts from friends asking if we were okay, if we were alright? Like, it was very alarming but in the end everything turned out alright.

As you can see from the research and the stories, all were different. This just proves how natural occurances effect people in many different ways. And hopefully, nothing this drastic will happen in Napa, again.