This is pretty unexpected! The Napa Quake released torrents of groundwater and thus may help ease the region’s drought.
Indeed, the massive tremor forced groundwater to the surface, filling dry creek beds and parched streams in the region.
After the Napa earthquake, water is flowing again in Northern California. Water is filling up dry creeks and streams in Northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey has received reports of dramatic water increases as much as 20 times average in creeks near Napa, Sonoma and Vallejo.
As a result of the Napa earthquake new cracks and fissures opened up allowing groundwater to find its way to the surface.
The potential bonanza is expected to dry up in about six to eight weeks when underground water levels return to normal and may even diminish, effecting residents with wells.
Water officials in Vallejo and elsewhere are hopeful they can capture some of the extra water for use.
Scientists say they’ve known of this phenomenon since at least the 1860s and have since documented similar occurrences with underground water after several major earthquakes. Have you also experienced positive changes after the Napa quake?