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article imageNapa woman's death blamed on last month's earthquake

By Nathan Salant     Sep 11, 2014 in Environment
Napa - A 65-year-old Napa resident who died last week of injuries suffered in the Aug. 24 South Napa earthquake has been classified as the first fatality from the 6.0 temblor.
Laurie Ann Thompson died Friday, more than a week after she was struck on the head by a falling television at her Mayfair Drive home after the earthquake struck.
Thompson was not believed to have been seriously injured on the day of the quake, but began to show evidence of a brain injury the following day, Napa Sheriff's Department Captain Steven Blower told the Napa Valley Register newspaper.
Family members convinced Thompson to go to the hospital, and she was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.
But Thompson's condition continued to deteriorate, and she died two weeks later of an intracranial hemorrhage, the newspaper said.
Thompson's children, Aaron and Shannon Thompson, urged people to seek medical attention whenever they suffer head injuries, even if the injuries appear insignificant when they happen, the newspaper said.
More than 200 people were injured seriously enough in the Aug. 24 quake to seek emergency treatment at the Napa hospital, the newspaper said.
The quake, which occurred at 3:20 a.m. while most residents were asleep and struck on a little known section of the West Napa fault, caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to homes and buildings in downtown Napa and surrounding communities.
Some of downtown Napa's most historic buildings were seriously damaged, including the 1875 Pfeiffer Building, perhaps best known as the Sam Kee Laundry building, at the corner of Main and Clinton streets, and the 1878 Napa County Courthouse on Brown Street.
The 1937 Uptown Theatre at Third and Franklin also was heavily damaged and is expected to be closed until November.
Help for residents will continue to be available Monday through Saturday at the city and county's Local Assistance Center at 301 First St.
Help available includes earthquake damage and rebuilding information, financial aid and access to community resource programs providing food and mental health assistance.
Center hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week, although building permits are offered beginning at 8 a.m., and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
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