August 27, 2014 - When a 6.0 earthquake shook the Napa, California, area early Sunday morning August 24, several members of EAA Chapter 167 rallied to help a fellow chapter member in need. The earthquake, centered about 2 miles west of the Napa County Airport (APC) where the chapter is based, caused at least 200 injuries, power outages, and an estimated $1 billion in damages.
Some of that damage occurred at a spa and pool supply stored owned by Chapter 167 Treasurer Al Campbell. Past president of the chapter John Knight contacted EAA on Monday after joining several fellow chapter members to help clean up the mess.
“We helped put the store back together,” Knight said. “Many hands made lighter work for all.” The team of members helped replace all the shelved items that were knocked to the floor by the 20-second tremor that rolled through the area at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday.
Remarkably, airport hangars appeared to emerge relatively unscathed by the quake, Knight said. “All members checked their hangars and there was hardly any hangar or aircraft damage at all.” The same can’t be said for the APC control tower, however.
The windows in the air traffic control tower were blown out, rendering the tower unusable for several weeks while replacement windows are manufactured and installed, according to the FAA. Pilots were using a uniform radio frequency to communicate with each other and broadcast their positions until a temporary tower could be set up.