6.0 magnitude quake rocks Napa Valley

State of emergency declared after quake

August 24, 2014


An earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude hit northern California’s San Francisco Bay area Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS says the depth of the earthquake was just less than 7 miles, and numerous small aftershocks have occurred in the Napa wine country.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after the quake.

It was the strongest earthquake to hit the Bay Area since 1989, when a quake struck during the World Series. The USGS says it’s the largest trembler to shake the Bay Area the Loma Prieta quake, with a magnitude of 6.9, which reportedly led to 63 deaths.

The South Napa Earthquake struck about 3:20 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was located about six miles south-southwest of Napa, California, and 51 miles west-southwest of the state capital, Sacramento.

The South Napa Earthquake struck about 3:20 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It's epicenter was located about six miles south-southwest of Napa, California, and 51 miles west-southwest of the state capital, Sacramento.

The USGS estimated, based on their locations, that 15,000 people experienced severe shaking, 106,000 people felt very strong shaking, 176,000 felt strong shaking, and 738,000 felt moderate shaking.

Three people were seriously injured and nearly 90 patients have been treated at one hospital.

The city of Napa’s website said the injuries included two “major injury cases” as of 6:30 a.m. PT. The city also cited 50 gas line breaks and 30 water main leaks, though the water was deemed safe to drink.

Officials say widespread power outages have been reported in Sonoma County.

Thousands of small earthquakes occur in California each year, providing scientists with clear indications of places where faults cut the Earth’s crust. There was 4,895 earthquakes in California between 1974 and 2003 with a magnitude of 3.5 or greater (about 163 a year).


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