NAPA, Calif. (8/26/14)--An early Sunday morning earthquake rattled the California wine country, and local credit union branches escaped relatively unscathed.
The 6.0 magnitude earthquake--the largest to hit the area since the 1989 Bay Area quake that registered 6.9--occurred about 3:20 a.m. Sunday and affected Napa and Sonoma counties. Commercial buildings in downtown Napa suffered damage, closing some buildings (MarketWatch Aug. 24).
One of those buildings was the old location for Santa Rosa-headquartered Community First CU. The $168 million-asset credit union opened its new, relocated branch--as planned--Monday morning.
"We are fully functional, and nothing was harmed," David Williams, vice president of marketing and human resources, told News Now. The credit union's employees were safe, and no one was hurt, he added.
"Living in an earthquake zone, it's always in the back of your mind," Williams said. "What is plan B, plan C, plan D, should it occur."
The credit union's new neighbors weren't so lucky Monday--a pizza parlor was closed because a cooler went out, and the nearby Lucky supermarket was closed for cleanup as well.
The old office is yellow-tagged and off-limits until it is deemed safe, Williams told News Now.
City officials advised people to avoid the downtown area where the Napa branch of Redwood CU, based in Santa Rosa, was located. Although service has been restored to the branch's ATM, the $2.38 billion-asset credit union advised its members to use caution when traveling in the area.
On its Facebook page, Redwood CU also encouraged members to visit its website to find additional Redwood branches and shared branch credit union locations.
The Napa and Vallejo branches of Vacaville-headquartered Travis CU, with $2.2 billion in assets, reported that both of those branches were open. Travis CU's Napa branch did sustain minor damage, according to Tina Ramos-Ingold, public affairs and consumer advocacy specialist at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, but it is open.
Sacramento-based Golden 1 CU, with $8.4 billion in assets, reported that its branch was open for business, and members and staff were not affected.