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Clovis mom, daughter describe South Napa Earthquake

Eyewitness accounts are pouring in from those who felt the magnitude of Sunday's South Napa Earthquake firsthand.
Eyewitness accounts are pouring in from those who felt the magnitude of Sunday's South Napa Earthquake firsthand.

"I heard the rumble of what sounded like a jet or a train, and then the room just started swaying," said Michelle Hernandez.

She and her mother are from Clovis. Both of them were sleeping at a hotel in Napa Valley Sunday morning when they were violently shaken awake.

"The rumble and the initial jolt was so loud you didn't know what to expect after that," said Esther Molina.

Pictures from their relative's home show household items were tossed around the house, including a large TV that just missed Molina's nephew.

"He was sleeping on the couch and a huge entertainment center in my niece's home with the TV came crashing down and just narrowly missed him," said Molina. "He had planned to sleep on the floor on the mattress. Had he slept there it would have crushed him."

Wineries in the area also took a big hit, according to wine buyer Nick Hammond who's from Fresno County. He says at this point companies are assessing the damage as they clean up.

"If wine is lost there's not a whole lot you can do," said Hammond. "Once it hits the ground, once the barrels open, there's a good chance the wine can be damaged and tainted. There's a good chance there's a lot of wine that's not savable and usable and drinkable."

The big question now is how this will affect the tourism, as this is the busiest time of year for Napa Valley businesses and wineries.

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