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Quake predictor can help you plan for the next 'big one'


DAVIS - If you've ever wondered about the earthquake risk in your area and the damage your home might suffer -- yes, there is an app for that.

"This week we've had thousands of visits a day to the website," UC Davis professor of physics and geology John Rundle said.

Rundle and a colleague co-founded OpenHazards.com, dedicated to the issue of earthquake safety and preparedness. The website is based on an earthquake prediction model that uses the Gutenberg-Richter Frequency Relation to estimate when new quakes may happen, using previous earthquake activity.

"So what we do is, we use small earthquakes to forecast big earthquakes," Rundle said.

You can use the website to estimate the probability of a quake of a given size in your area and the damage it might cause to your home. It provides a good idea of whether earthquake insurance might be a good investment.

Napa area rattled by 3.9 aftershock


NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.

The US Geological Survey says the 3.9-magnitude quake struck at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday about seven miles south of the city of Napa.

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A sheriff's dispatcher says the station shook a little, but there have been no calls reporting damage or injuries.

Napa wary of aftershocks in wake of 6.0 jolt


Residents of this picturesque wine-making area north of San Francisco have been warned to be careful around buildings damaged by a weekend magnitude-6.0 quake because of the danger of aftershocks that could continue for several weeks.

The quake struck early Sunday about six miles south of Napa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake struck in 1989, collapsing part of the Bay Bridge roadway and killing more than 60 people, most when an Oakland freeway fell.

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Earthquake rattles, doesn't wreck Napa wineries


Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California's Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage.

The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses.

"It was a very violent awakening," says Sandy Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor Family Winery in Napa. "It seemed to shake a long time. Our dogs and cats bailed out."

Taylor says her winery, about a mile from the epicenter, lost one barrel of 2013 Chardonnay. "The finished bottles at the winery were fine, Taylor says. "The finished goods are in cases, boxed, palletized and shrink-wrapped," she says. "I think the shrink-wrap was what kept them safe."

Rabid bat found at Yolo County playground


Yolo County officials are urging local residents to act with caution after a bat found at a Davis playground tested positive for rabies.

The bat was found at about 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13 inside a tire swing at Davis Community Park, the Yolo County Sheriff's Office said in a press release Wednesday. Children nearby notified an adult when the bat fell out of the tire swing and began crawling on the ground.

An animal services officer sent the bat to a lab, where it tested positive for rabies.

The sheriff's office noted that several bats were found to be rabid in 2013 in a colony under the Covell Boulevard and F Street pedestrian overpass, near the park. The bats have re-established a colony at that location this year, according to Yolo County animal control.

CHP officer involved in shooting on I-5 in Woodland


WOODLAND- A California Highway Patrol officer was involved in a shooting just before midnight Monday in Woodland.

California Highway Patrol officer Pedro Leon said an officer came upon two motorcycles and a car on the right shoulder of southbound Interstate 5 between Main St. and County Rd. 102 around 11:40 p.m. The two motorcyclists took care of what issues they had and left. The remaining driver in the car was suspected of driving under the influence and became uncooperative during the investigation..

The officer called for assistance and when backup arrived and tried to arrest the man, he produced a gun and one of the officers was forced to fire upon him a couple times, Leon said.

The driver was taken to UC Davis Medical Center. His condition is unknown.

Woman found dead in home near Davis


An elderly woman investigated for animal cruelty was found dead inside her home in Yolo County, near Davis, Friday afternoon.

The body of Elaine Greenberg, 74, was found inside a home in the 26000 block of County Road 96, north of Russell Boulevard, around 1 p.m., Yolo County Sheriff's Capt. Larry Cecchettini said.