Vallejo, CA, August 30, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- “The 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake” is a pictorial electronic book edition photographed by Northern California artist Marques Vickers of the August 24, 2014 magnitude 6.0 quake and consequential destruction. Vickers 80+ images capture the stark damage from numerous perspectives of downtown Napa, Vallejo and the Victorian officer mansions based at the closed Mare Island Naval Shipyard near the epicenter of the quake.
The Napa Valley had never experienced a direct earthquake hit of this magnitude before. The oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled amongst vineyard laced hillsides seemed somehow immune from the legacies of other damaged communities who’d suffered from the shifting of the San Andreas faultline. The unreinforced masonry of early twentieth century constructions had always been seismically vulnerable. The alluring Victorians failed their severest test. Their quaint charm proved defenseless to errantly vibrating terrain.
Napa’s architectural heritage staggered prone from the devastation. A county courthouse, post office, two century-old churches, the historic Sam Kee Laundry, Goodman Library and the worst, the Alexandria Square complex were now fractured and exposed. Gaping holes left building facades and roofing open to the elements. Damage and debris were strewn indiscriminately, seemingly everywhere.
The quake ruptured 60 water main and gas lines. Electricity for over 30,000 customers was immediately severed. The local hospitals treated approximately 200 emergency room patients, most suffering from lacerations, bruises and broken bones. Throughout Napa, there was evidence of collapsed walls, chimneys, carports and even a few buckled asphalt roads. There were six reported fires, the most prominent at a mobile home park where four units were destroyed and two damaged. A ruptured water main delayed firefighters efforts to fight the blaze, reminiscent of the water system failings of the infamous San Francisco quake and fire of 1906.
While Napa suffered the worst of the damage, there was also significant impairment about 17 miles south in downtown Vallejo and Mare Island, a former naval shipyard. Thirteen Victorian officer’s mansions on Walnut Street suffered diverse internal and external damage. Each shared the fate of detached chimneys littering their front lawns due to unreinforced masonry. Severed water mains caused significant flooding to the U.S. Forest Service and Touro University building complexes located on the southwest sector of Mare Island. Many downtown Vallejo commercial buildings suffered moderate damage as several commercial buildings were temporarily closed for clean-up and inspection.
Vickers, a native and current resident of Vallejo, personalizes the earthquake experience with an insightful essay. Since the original 3:20 a.m. quake, over 60 aftershocks have been recorded, the strongest gauged at magnitude-3.6, with more anticipated over subsequent weeks.
He observed that within 24-hours, major clean-up operations were widespread and within 48 hours, most commercial operations had returned to normal. He attributed this speed of reaction to Northern Californians adaptive capacity towards catastrophe and nature’s excess. Earthquakes are the tariff exacted for their choosing a desirable and superior lifestyle.
Vickers notes the true aftershock will occur amidst the rehabilitation of downtown Napa and for the owners of approximately 200 homes and buildings in various states of disrepair and habitability. In his view, suffering, hope and ultimately reconstruction will create a succession of narratives illuminating human resiliency and the capacity to rebuild and endure despite tragedy.
Marquis Publishing based in Vallejo, California specializes in electronic and paperback book editions distributed through major online sales websites and InsiderSeriesBooks.com. For further information contact the company at (707) 712-8062. Vickers is the author of numerous books on fine arts, the regional auction industry, southern France and photo image editions.