On July 5, 2019, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern California at 8:20 pm local time. This occurred just over 24 hours after a M6.4 earthquake that struck in a similar location near Ridgecrest CA.
Bordered by the Sierra Nevada to the west, Death Valley National Park to the east and the Mojave Desert to the south, the earthquakes were felt as far as Mexico, Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay Area.
So far, there have been no deaths as a result of either earthquake. However, a number of injuries have been reported, thousands have been displaced from their homes and many roads are impassable. Our United States office has not heard of any reported damage to wineries that have our seismic systems installed, but we will continue to monitor seismic activity across the state.
This is the first earthquake to occur in a region where our systems are installed since Kaikoura’s M7.8 earthquake that struck New Zealand in 2016. We were proud to report that none of our partnered wineries in the neighbouring Marlborough region suffered any damage or loss of product from tanks equipped with our system.
Whether retrofitted to existing tanks or installed from scratch on new ones, the fuses within our anchors stretch and compress in an earthquake, yielding in both directions as tanks rock back and forth, dissipating seismic energy.
For more information on how our seismic systems can protect your investment, contact us today. And to find out more about the earthquakes, head to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.