The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Earthquake Effects #3


I drove along Cuttings Wharf Road to see if I could locate some more signs of the quake and didn't have to go too far before I came upon this.


There were a half a dozen cracks running across the road.  
The squiggly painted line must mean something in road repair language.


The cracks ran up this slope toward the ranch property.  I wondered if there were cracks on their land.  I didn't see any damage to their home that I could tell.  No doubt they got a good shaking though.

Unlike nearby Highway 12, this road did have a slight upheaval to one side of the fault.

The irrigation in the vineyard across from the ranch house will need some repair work.


I was thinking of the root system of this particular vine.

15 comments:

  1. It is sad to see how much damage such an earthquake can have. You see this only at second sight when there are no houses damaged.

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  2. And then to think there is nothing that you can do than to prepare everything that is build for an earthquake. And how far that must go. Nobody knows.

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  3. I bet it will be a job getting that irrigation all together again...if there was a lot of it.

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  4. oh, i hate to think of the irrigation and plumbing lines, in general! ugh!

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  5. Good post! My In-Laws live in Costa Rica, they had a quake that moved the beams that hold the roof up. Like the quake bounced them straight up, and you could see a paint line where the beans were higher. Weird things.

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  6. That is scary! No earthquakes where I live, just hurricanes, but so far this year we have been lucky.

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  7. EW! There may be more structural damage than has been reported. Some of it may still be hidden.

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  8. Kinda scary to me. It's a very rare event here and usually just a slight vibration. One time it was just a loud bang.

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  9. nature is wild?!! I know it is not good for the ones who live there but it sure is cool for pics! ( :

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  10. Jeez, John, you've made rethink earthquake damage. I usually think about houses and other buildings collapsing or fires starting but not underground ruptures. Foolish, I know, but that's where my head is at. Your photos add another dimension to quake damage. We woke up at 3:30 AM, verified to each other it was an earthquake, and then rolled over and went back to sleep. Had no idea it was a 6.0 until the next morning. Hope your house sustained no damage.

    We heard the epicenter was in American Canyon but I see by your map it actually was in Napa. Was this on a known fault line? Did you read about how dry creeks are starting to flow with water in Fairfield due to changes in the underground water table? Incredible.

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  11. How scary! Where I live, the main fear is tornados..I can't imagine worrying about the earth opening up and swallowing my house or my car.

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  12. pretty scary images even though they are not real wide and deep....somewhere they could be

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  13. Reminder of how powerful mother nature is and how fragile we are .

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