1. Most residential buildings withstood the earthquake well. However, two structural components were vulnerable: cripple walls and masonry chimneys. And though it wasn't an issue in this moderate earthquake, don't forget that it's also essential that your house is secured to its foundation.
|Collapsed chimney - 2014 South Napa Earthquake|
2. Damage to fire sprinkler systems was common and there were situations where substantial water damage resulted. In your workplace, make sure that enough people know when and how to safely shut off the fire sprinkler system.
3. Sadly, in this moderate earthquake there was one death. The victim was struck in the head by a TV. This confirms what we observe in most earthquakes in the U.S. Injuries and fatalities will occur not from building collapse but from non-structural items and contents such as furniture, appliances, and similar things falling on people.
|Overturned unanchored bookshelf - 2014 South Napa Earthquake|
The report has many other interesting observations and recommendations. Here's the link to the full report: