California earthquake causes water to well up from underground – fills dry creeks

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Dutchsinse – by Michael Janitch

The drought in California carries on, however, the recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa, CA has caused water to well up in normally dry creeks in the surrounding area near Vallejo , in Solano county .

The flow of water began directly after the earthquake, currently still flowing.

At first, residents thought the water might be from a dam several miles up stream, but now it is confirmed to be an underground source.  

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“Green Valley Creek outside of Fairfield was dry up until Sunday’s earthquake. Since then water has been flowing and residents are worried. It’s not a huge rush of water, but it’s enough for residents to question where it’s coming from.

When water started appearing in Green Valley Creek immediately after Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake, residents started emailing each other.

“They said there’s water flowing in the creek right after the earthquake, what’s going on? The fears are, what if there are fissures in the dam or one of the pipes is broken,” Bill Mayben, Green Valley Landowners Association president, said.

There are two dams upstream from Green Valley Creek, one at Lake Frey and another at Lake Madigan.

The City of Vallejo manages the water system and on Friday, a state inspector confirmed that none of the city’s dams sustained any earthquake-related damage.

Instead, the water, about 300 gallons per minute, is coming from the ground about a mile downstream from Frey Dam through fissures in the rocks caused by the earthquake.


“Our suspicion is that this phenomena, as these groundwater areas drain down as these pockets of water drain down, that it’ll return to its normal flow pattern,” Franz Nesterlode, Vallejo Water superintendent, said. “That’s our expectation.”

Residents are hoping that the water is indeed coming from the ground, and not because of any structural damage..”

4 thoughts on “California earthquake causes water to well up from underground – fills dry creeks

  1. i have read years ago about huge underground rivers under california,
    the local government know about this, but keep it secret to protect the water “industry”

    there is also rumors that the underground rivers have a lot of gold in them – which may explain the secrecy.

      1. lezlow, I like reading your comments except for your yelling at us. Please take off the caps lock and stop shouting.

  2. Theres been water running out of the santa monica mnts(less then 2000ft high) down evans road in pacific palisades for years and years, lots of water. I was there last week and still running strong and water coming up from under ground on saltaire in brentwood for years…Me thinks the drought is BS man made…ever see the movie china town?? gov dumping water for their evil means….

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