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September 3, 2014

Wineries pass quake test; wine barrels not so much

  • Had the Aug. 24 Napa Valley quake happened later in the day people could have been injured by falling quarter-ton barrels.
    Associated Press

    NAPA, Calif. — Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.

    In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.

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