On Further Review, the South Napa Earthquake was a Success Story for Buildings

September 14, 2014
Publication: ENR - Op-Ed
Author(s): Ronald Hamburger

Abstract: At 3 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake centered in the American Canyon, about 9 kilometers south of the city of Napa, awoke much of northern California. The next day, television newscasts focused on damage sustained by a small number of unreinforced masonry buildings in Napa, fire damage to mobile homes in a trailer community, some older wood-frame homes that shifted off their foundations and extensive loss of wine inventory due to failed wine-aging storage tanks and casks.|But contrary to the impression conveyed by the television news and other media, there's good reason to be pleased with the way buildings performed.