I drove over towards nearby Napa where the 6.0 earthquake on August 24 was centered. I didn't want to drive into town to get pictures. There's been enough of them in the news and I would feel like benefiting from someone else's misfortune. What I found west of town on Highway 12 was more than I expected.
Nothing could show more the ground movement that took place than these photos.
Before you think the chasm was as wide as the cement patch I can assure you it was not. The road crew removed the fractured earth within that space to have a better pour for the cement.
You can see from this photo the ground movement was only side to side with no upward thrust. That is very fortunate for imagine how dangerous it would be to drive into a vertical displacement of several inches in the dark of 3:20 am. Nevertheless there were reports of cars disabled with flat tire on some roads.
I have some more pictures for the next couples of days which will show what the road itself probably looked like before repairs.
In case you were wondering, the highway is open. I was just there very earlier on a Sunday morning when traffic was at a minimum. I may do some crazy things for this blog but standing in the middle of a busy highway isn't one of them.