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6.1 Magnitude Quake Centered in Napa Felt Throughout Northern California

6.1  Magnitude Quake Centered in Napa Felt Throughout Northern California

Governor Brown declares State of Emergency for 6.1 South Napa Earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey recorded an earthquake at 3:20 a.m. centered close to Napa Valley, California.

Data shows the quake measured a magnitude 6.1 and struck near American Canyon, which is about six miles southwest of Napa in California wine country.

The quake was centered on the Franklin Fault, which has been dormant for approximately 1.6 million years, according to USGS scientist David Oppenheimer.

The quake lasted 10 second minimum, with some reports as long as 20 seconds.

Reports from Vacaville described a shake enough to wake people from sleep, and one from South Sacramento, in the Pocket area described a slow steady rumble, that shook blinds in the home.

More than 170 injuries have been reported. A child was crushed by a toppling fireplace and there is no word yet of the child's condition. Six orthopedic type injuries and several heart attacks have been reported. Three patients are in surgery. 

Fire crews put out several fire and crews are working to make sure there are no gas leaks. Reports of damage to streets and buildings have been flowing in. See an up-to-date outage map, here.

After the earthquake almost 70,000 electric customers where left without power and so far PG&E reports they have restored power to all but 10,000 customers this afternoon.

Napa's city manager says the number of buildings red-tagged after this morning's earthquake is up to 16. Mike Parness says most were unreinforced masonry structures that had not been brought up to code. Those buildings cannot be occupied until they're inspected. However, he only knows of three buildings, so far, that were heavily damaged. 

Several others are yellow-tagged, with access limited because broke glass creates a safety hazard. Parness says the city's oldest, historic structure, The Old Adobe, built in the 1840s, doesn't seem to have sustained any major damage.

Scientists say the depth of the quake was about seven miles and at least 50 aftershocks have been reported, the largest being 3.6. 

This is the largest earthquake to strike the Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake that hit in 1989.

Red Cross has opened a shelter at Crosswalk Community Church in Napa at 2590 1st St. Red Cross spokesman Jordan Scott said they're ready to help anyone affected by the quake. 

An animal shelter at 942 Hartle Court is accepting animals.

The National Guard along with OES flew over the stricken region this afternoon. They said the most damage occurred in downtown Napa to its older brick buildings.  

Governor Jerry Brown released a statement this morning saying:

"My Office of Emergency Services has been on full activation since early this morning and is working closely with state and local emergency managers, first responders and transportation officials to respond to impacts to residents and critical infrastructure. These public safety officials are doing all they can to help residents and those living in affected areas should follow their guidance and instruction."

We don't know yet what damage the earthquake has done to California's multi-billion-dollar wine region. Hundreds of bottles of high-end wine were knocked off shelves and barrels full of thousands of dollars of wine were overturned or toppled. Congressman Mike Thompson told KFBK California's wine industry is a $162 billion dollar business.

Below, are photos and videos of damage from social media. If you have photos from the earthquake and subsequent damage, you are encouraged to upload them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, here.

 

Napa, Ca. Main Post Office

Lucero Olive Oil Store 1012 First Street

First United Methodist Church at 4th and Randolph

 

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