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.
On Further Review, the South Napa Earthquake was a Success Story for Buildings
September 14, 2014
Publication: ENR - Op-Ed