I wasn’t back from Paris very long when I had an opportunity to take some earthquake photos in Napa.
I live in a high-rise in San Francisco and I was woken up at 3:20 am by my building shaking and swaying back and forth. Scary. Very scary. My first instinct was to go take some photos. My second instinct was to go back to bed. I went back to bed.
When I got up, I headed to Napa, where most of the damage took place. There were plenty of media and onlookers present, but everything was pretty calm when I was expecting it to be a zoo.
Some shops just had minor indoor damage, such as this olive oil shop. The floor looked slippery, but it sure smelled good in there.
I chatted it up with the sheriff for a while, then proceeded to cross the police line. He must have thought I was press.
Many of the cracks in the road had already been repaired by the time I got there, or were in the process.
I was so focused on the road damage, that I almost tripped on the sidewalk, where the damage was even more extensive.
Luckily, no one died, though there were over a hundred people injured. Let’s hope there are no major aftershocks in the hours or days ahead.