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    Posted August 25, 2014 by
    California, California
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    Principal gives update from historic downtown Napa school


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Nancy2445, the principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School, a historic school in Napa, California posted these damage photos. 'Because I live close to the epicenter, the experience was quite terrifying. I am a native Californian and lived in San Francisco during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. That was also quite dramatic but this one seemed more violent perhaps because we were closer to the epicenter. At school, we are spending the day trying to determine whether to reopen. I also lived in Napa during the 2000 earthquake but the damage seems much more extensive from this earthquake. My guess is many more people would have been injured had it happened during the daytime because of falling bricks, books, materials, couches and other pieces of furniture.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I live and work in Napa, California. At home, we experienced a chaotic loss of all our dinnerware, glasses, and other minor material goods. It was a long,scary early morning with no electricity. I am Principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic school located on Main street in downtown Napa. Our building is historical, built in 1927. We recently completed a two-stage seismic retrofit so we do not seem to have structural damage. Our cosmetic damage, however, is dramatic. Cracked, crumbled plaster is everywhere. The classroom floors are lined with books, materials, overturned desks and chairs. We haven't yet begun the clean-up process because we want approval to enter from our structural engineer. School is canceled for tomorrow. Our school has survived through two world wars and a great depression...we'll get through this!

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