Valley residents shaken like ‘roller coaster ride’ by earthquake

08/24/2014 6:00 PM

10/20/2014 2:39 PM

Local residents visiting the Bay Area reported being knocked out of bed or awakening to swaying walls and bad memories during the Napa quake early Sunday.

“We were about 25 miles away from the center. The bed shook so much and made noise. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride!” Kimber-Lee De Kleer Haverdink of Riverbank posted in response to a Bee Facebook query. Her 2-year-old son slept through it, however, she wrote.

“It was my daughter’s first earthquake. Brought back a lot of memories of the (Loma Prieta) quake in ’89,” replied Jessica Raines Rose of Turlock, who was in Concord when the quake hit.

Erin Wofford of Oakdale was spending the night at her sister’s home in Martinez when a barking dog and shaking bed woke her up. “It seemed like it was never going to stop!” she wrote.

“It was terrifying. Biggest earthquake I’ve ever been in and so much damage,” posted Sarah Stimson, who lives half the year in Modesto, half in Napa Valley. “I’m wishing I was still in Modesto right now!”

More than 50 miles away in Hayward, Tamara McCann’s mother woke up swaying in the recliner in which she had fallen asleep. “It was rocking and the building was swaying back and forth and her power went out,” McCann said via email. Her power was back on by 8:30 a.m.

E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto reported no damage to its premium operations in the Napa Valley.

“We were very fortunate that our wineries in Napa and St. Helena did not sustain any damages from the earthquake and that all of our employees are safe,” an emailed statement said. “Our wineries will remain open for business. Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa community as we continue to assess and respond to the situation.”

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