Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years Shakes Northern California

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California with an epicenter six miles southwest of Napa and nine miles southeast of Sonoma. An estimated 70,000 area residents and businesses lost power, while six major fires and structural damage impacted governmental, commercial and residential buildings.  The Associated Press reported damages centered around Napa's downtown area, which included the post office, library and a hotel, as well as homes and other buildings.  Napa officials reported 70 buildings were red-tagged and more than 200 buildings yellow-tagged with more expected as inspections continue.  The Napa area is home to some of the nation’s foremost wineries that produce millions of cases of wine annually, adding billions to the U.S. economy.          

Rimkus Forms Earthquake Damage Assessment Team

Rimkus Consulting Group specializes in the evaluation of residential, commercial and governmental property damage as well as business interruption and remediation design. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, Rimkus' seasoned team of forensic engineers, architects, and building consultants are ready to help assess earthquake damage in the affected areas. For property loss assistance, call 866-748-0379.