USGS: 2 percent chance of another large quake hitting the North Bay in the next week

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USGS scientists are predicting one to 10 small aftershocks will strike the North Bay this week.

The United States Geological Survey now says there's only a two percent chance of another quake equal to or larger in size in the next seven days.

Scientists have predicted one to ten small aftershocks in the next week.

Meanwhile, help is pouring into Napa to help people forced out of their homes by the quake.

The Harpe family is now living in a motor home next to their after the quake caused a large crack in the foundation and shifted their home off its foundation. Kelli Harpe says they need to rebuild, which will cost at least $100,000.

"We don't have earthquake insurance, so nothing's covered," said Kelli Harpe said.

The county will take the first big step toward helping people like the Harpes in a meeting Thursday. Supervisors plan to declare Napa a disaster area, which will open doors for people like the Harpes to start applying for federal money.

"I sure hope FEMA kicks in if you've seen Napa our whole town is destroyed," Kelli Harpe said.

While the county starts the process of providing long term help, volunteers at the Napa Food Bank and helping with short term needs-they spent the morning giving food and water to earthquake victims. The response was overwhelming.

"We served over 70 families in an hour and a half it was pretty amazing," Karen Neil, Food Bank assistant director, said.

Marisol Gutierrez says all her food spoiled because she doesn't have electricity, or it was crushed along with her dishes when it all fell to the floor.

"My husband hasn't been able to work because of the earthquake, fixing the house and that's money that could go to food but we're getting food and this is great," Gutierrez said. "It's heart breaking to hear some of their stories lost their houses but I am glad we are here."

Starting Thursday, the city of Napa has asked residents who have earthquake debris to only use the disposal site set up on Third Street. The city had set up disposal sites all over the city, but all but one of them are now shut down.

Napa city streets are experiencing new problems following Sunday's quake. A sinkhole that developed on a residential street in Napa Thursday morning is one of several that formed after water mains broke in Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, a city spokesman said.

The 9-square-foot sinkhole at Kensington Circle and Scenic Drive was reported around 8 a.m. There have been less than 10 sinkholes in west Napa since the quake, which struck at 3:20 a.m. Sunday near American Canyon, city spokesman Barry Martin said.

Crews set up barricades around the sinkhole and police advised people to avoid the area.

The city hopes to fix 43 water lines still in need of repair after the quake by the end of the day Friday, Martin said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.
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