Thompson’s daughter said the family was devastated. Thompson spent her life caring for her family as a daughter, aunt and grandmother, her daughter said.
Shaking from the Napa quake was strong enough to send large objects flying, said state geologist John Parrish.
"There will almost certainly be broken glass, and internal furnishings -- items such as paintings, pictures, books, vases and dishes -- tend to fly about," Parrish said.
"It's definitely physically possible for a television to be moving off the table it's sitting on," said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Brad Aagaard.
The ground-shaking during the earthquake was the highest level recorded in modern times for downtown Napa. It was worse than the shaking felt during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 2000 Napa Valley earthquake.
While the shaking resulted in more than 100 buildings being red-tagged, meaning they are too dangerous to be entered, experts say people are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects -- such as televisions, lamps, glasses and bookcases -- than die in a collapsed building.
In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, for instance, a 28-year-old man died after he was struck by a microwave oven when his mobile home collapsed. Another two people were crushed under hundreds of pounds of books, model trains and other collectibles.
Experts recommend fastening big appliances like televisions and microwaves to walls using Velcro fasteners that can be purchased at hardware stores.