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article imageNapa quake caused $300 million in private property damage

By Nathan Salant     Aug 28, 2014 in Environment
Napa - Sunday's early morning earthquake caused $300 million worth of damage to private property in the city of Napa, officials said Wednesday.
The new official damage estimate gives some initial measure of the effects of the quake, which abruptly awakened 1 million Northern California residents when it struck at 3:40 a.m., according to the Napa Valley Register newspaper.
But the estimate does not include damage to public buildings, some visible from the outside, to public infrastructure or to business inventories, which is expected to be substantial in California's booming wine-growing region.
No one died in Sunday's quake, the largest to hit Northern California since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that disrupted the World Series, but more than 100 people were injured and hundreds of structures damaged.
The South Napa Quake registered at 6.0 on the Richter scale.
Napa spokesman Barry Martin said the city's initial property damage estimate was the first step in preparing a request for assistance from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, which should eventually pay for most damage not covered by private insurance.
“We’re still in the assessment phase,” Martin told the newspaper, after the city's first round of inspections.
“We wouldn’t be submitting any kind of documentation until we have a complete figure . . . this is unprecedented territory for Napa," he said.
More than 100 buildings in the city were declared uninhabitable, but more than 500 were cleared for occupancy following the quake.
Hundreds of inspection requests by residents and businesses still were pending on Wednesday afternoon, the newspaper said. Electrical service has been restored to the entire city.
As many as 1,000 residents still were without running water, officials said, and residents were advised to wait for city crews to check test their homes' water quality if they lost service at any time since the quake.
Twenty-five miles to the south, in the Solano County city of Vallejo, officials said 11 buildings were declared uninhabitable and at least one downtown structure was being demolished as a result of the South Napa Quake.
More than 150 homes were damaged, primarily by falling chimneys.
Initial estimates put the cost of damage in Vallejo at $5.2 million, officials said.
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