A 6.0 earthquake that shook Sonoma Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday caused objects to fly off shelves and walls, but, outside of unreported damages at local wineries, didn’t cause any major damage locally. Napa was a different story, see story below.
A large portion of the Valley lost power, but by 10 a.m. Sunday, power had been restored and stores and restaurants had reopened.
The USGS website showed that the quake was centered 4.2 miles northwest of American Canyon in Napa County.
In the aftermath, fire alarms were going off all over the Valley. Power was off, with the exception of the stoplights, south of Fetters Avenue all the way through Sonoma.
Workers at Sonoma Market, which has an emergency generator, were busy cleaning up the debris shortly after the quake. The market was a lone beacon of light in the Sonoma darkness. Sonoma Market owner Dale Downing said the store lost a lot of wine as things flew into the aisles.
There seemed to be a lot of traffic on the road as people evidently ventured out to see if there was any damage from the quake.
Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority Division Chief Bob Norrbom said the department responded to fire alarms that went off and to some medical runs, but he hadn’t heard of anything major. Norrbom said fire personnel responded quickly to the fire stations.
The Sonoma Valley, Schell-Vista and Glen Ellen fire departments sent water tankers to Napa County because the number of broken water mains there hampered efforts to fight fires.
Sonoma County responded to a request for aid at approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, providing a strike team of 10 fire engines and one ambulance to Napa County.
According to the City of Sonoma, Sonoma police and fire reported no significant damage or injuries. Public Works reported that the water system had not sustained any damage and was operational.
Sonoma Valley School Superintendent Louann Carlomagno
reported that all schools had been checked and were secure and would be open as usual on Monday.
In a statement from Peter Rumble, with Sonoma County, there was no identified disruption to services in Sonoma County as a result of the American Canyon earthquake. No injuries were reported in Sonoma County, although there were reports of minor property damage.
The County Emergency Operations Center opened early Sunday morning, and county building and water officials were dispatched to inspect facilities, roadways, and infrastructure throughout the county to assess any damages.
The GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma went on as planned at Sonoma Raceway.