August 24th dawned with earthquake news. Poseidon had thrust his Trident on August 24, after all.
In Peter Fimrite's "Boats, grapes and Poseidon at Napa quake's epicenter," on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in the San Francisco Chronicle, the paper shared, in part:
…The epicenter of what is being dubbed "the South Napa earthquake" was smack dab beneath the Napa Valley Marina, a somewhat nondescript boatyard, dry dock and launching spot surrounded by vineyards and farmland with a view of San Pablo Bay about a half-mile away over the wetlands.
The epicenter was found using coordinates provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Geologists say it is common for the majority of damage to occur at least a concentric mile away from the rupture, which occurred Sunday when two tectonic plates - the North American and Pacific - moved horizontally past each other, causing the Earth's crust to crack where the pressure was the greatest.
Science aside, there is at least circumstantial evidence that the epicenter may have been chosen by a wrathful god, vineyard owner Arpad Molnar said. Molnar, the co-founder of Tricycle Wine Partners, owns Poseidon Vineyard, which was planted next to the marina by his father in 1973.
Molnar, who is also a sailor, questioned whether it was just coincidence that an earthquake would erupt beneath a vineyard named after the Greek god of the sea and often referred to as "the earth-shaker" because of the deity's role in causing quakes.
"The placement of the epicenter, which is literally right underneath the vineyard, is really, really uncanny," he said of the property, which, unlike the marina, sustained several 10- to 15-foot-long cracks.
Molnar, who once bottled a wine called "Shipwreck," said it would be nice if the earthquake actually improved the wine, but far be it for him to suggest such a thing.
"We don't want to make too much of it," he said, in deference to the many people who suffered from the quake. "But I think we'll probably end up doing a little special bottling for the 2014 vintage to commemorate it. ... We thought maybe we'd do a little epicenter wine."
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