About 120 People Treated for Quake-Related Injuries

August 24, 2014 13:39 pm · 15 comments

About 120 people were treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center following a 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon early this morning, hospital officials said.

Six people were injured critically as a result of the quake that struck at 3:20 a.m., according to hospital president Walt Mickens.

One child was airlifted to another hospital after being injured when pieces of a fireplace fell. Other serious injuries involve broken bones and other trauma, Mickens said.

The rest of the injuries include “mostly lacerations, bumps and bruises” and those patients have been treated and released, he said.

Napa city officials also provided an update this afternoon on damage to the local infrastructure from the quake.

Sixty-one water mains broke as a result of the earthquake, although all were smaller distribution lines rather than the larger transmission lines, said Jacques LaRochelle, the director of Napa’s Public Works Department.

LaRochelle said about 20 of the water main breaks have been isolated and that it could take crews up to a week to make repairs and restore water service to all customers. He said water stations will be provided for residents in the meantime.

LaRochelle said the city’s “roads aren’t too bad. We have a few locations with buckling streets, but nothing that’s serious enough to cause us to close the road.”

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, also attended the news conference and detailed some of the damage to Napa’s wineries, one of the city’s main tourist industries. “Some wineries have been hit pretty hard, with barrels knocked off the rack and glassware shattering,” Thompson said.

The congressman said major damage has also been reported around Vallejo and Mare Island, including at a U.S. Forest Service building.

Thompson said federal agencies have conducted an aerial survey of the region but do not yet know exactly how much damage was wrought by the quake.

Napa City Manager Mike Parness said 15 or 16 buildings have been red-tagged, meaning occupancy won’t be allowed until repairs are made.

Three of those buildings are at 816-820 Brown St., which are unreinforced masonry buildings that had not been brought up to current seismic codes, Parness said.

Several other buildings have been yellow-tagged, allowing limited access, he said.

1 Jan August 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Saw a team if AMR medics driving up that way with lights on early this morning on 680

2 Mee August 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I just heard one person has died ? Hope it isn’t true. Our best thoughts to all those effected by this quake.

3 La masa August 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I know they are entidld. Thanks for stupid people and a sorry Ca. leadership. You live in CA. when do you take responsibility, I know- you have insurance.

4 Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Interesting the Rep Mike Thompson would take time off from trying to ban guns to get involved in an earthquake.

5 @ La Masa August 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

To quote Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction: English Mo Fo! Do you speak it?

6 Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

@la masa

Please post again and try something different, try to make sense.

7 JP August 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

@Anonymous,

Take your own advice and quit inserting absurd partisan cheap shots over a serious issue like natural disasters.

8 @ Mee August 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I watched one of the local news broadcasts at 5:00pm and there was a press conference and I didn’t hear any mention of any fatalities. Also, one of the news personalities was talking about how he lives in Napa and that he was happy that no one lost their life in this quake. I did see in a comment on another site saying 1 person had died, but that was just a commenter and again I have not heard any actual news source confirmation that is true.
Fingers crossed no one did.

9 mee August 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM

People are right now hurting. No time to politicize this imo.

10 Julio August 24, 2014 at 7:36 PM

La Mesa don’t know what you are on but nothing you have said has anything to do with this earthquake emergency. Go AWAY.

11 Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 7:39 PM

@JP

If you think a representative like Thompson has any business at a press conference like this don’t accuse others of being partisan. Thompson has nothing to do with managing or reporting a disaster.All he wanted was camera time.

So there.

12 @ La Masa August 24, 2014 at 7:46 PM

.Entitled to what??? You have an issue with those that are injured getting medical care. Business that are now in ruin getting some help??? What a mindless selfish twit. Perhaps you a jealous because you are uneducated and have ZERO ability when it comes to communicating in English. News Flash……….MDUSD offers ESl classes for free thru adult ed.

And for sh*t sake can people on this blog leave the freakin politics out of a conversation???????? It is a true sign of stuck on stupid that some people have to bring politics to every thread.

13 Tara Firma August 24, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Thank you #12. Very well said.

14 anon August 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I was relieved to hear that the 13 year old that was airlifted to a trauma center in critical condition has now been upgraded to stable condition. My heart goes out to all that were affected by this quake.

15 The Mamba August 25, 2014 at 7:10 AM

What kind of entitled go to the hospital for bumps and bruises?

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