The M 6.0 South Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014 took the lives of two people, injured 300 others, and caused moderate to severe damage to more than 2,000 structures.


On October 8, 2014, the Seismic Safety Commission held a public hearing in American Canyon, California, to better understand impacts and lessons learned from the South Napa earthquake. The Commission engaged the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) to research the impacts and lessons learned from the quake and prepare a comprehensive report.  Because the South Napa Earthquake was the first earthquake to strike a major metropolitan area in California in over two decades it was the opportunity for a wake-up call to renew investment and action to enhance the seismic resilience of communities, businesses, and residents across the state. The 55 page PEER report is organized around the areas of Geosciences, Infrastructure, Buildings, People and Businesses, and Government and Institutions.

Based on their research PEER presents 20 key findings and makes 12 priority recommendations which we will cover in detail in our next Posts.