Northern California Hit By Strongest Earthquake In 25 Years, More Than 100 Injuries Reported

At least 42,000 people lost power following the quake, which caused fires and destroyed several buildings in the wine country city of Napa.

1. UPDATE — 1:30 p.m. PT:

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Eddie Villa uses a shovel to clean up wine bottles that were thrown from the shelves at Van’s Liquors following a reported 6.0 earthquake Sunday Napa, California.

3. The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California in the early hours of Sunday morning.

4. The earthquake took place about 6.6 miles below the surface about 6 miles from Napa, California, the USGS reported. Between 25 and 60 smaller aftershocks are expected in the area over the next week.

More than 42,000 customers lost power in the northern Bay Area, according to PG&E. Towns include American Canyon, Napa, Saint Helena, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma.

“It was a rolling quake,” Oakland resident Rich Lieberman told the AP. “It started very much like a rolling sensation and just got progressively worse in terms of length. Not so much in terms of shaking, but it did shake. It felt like a side-to-side kind of rolling sensation. Nothing violent but extremely lengthy and extremely active.”

Power out as far as the eye can see here in Sonoma. Heard one emergency siren a few min ago but otherwise silence and darkness.

— Jon Passantino (@passantino)

7. More than 100 people were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the Associated Press reported.

Most of the patients at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa had cuts, bumps and bruises, a spokesman said. Three people had broken bones, and two people had heard attacks. One child was in critical condition after being struck by part of a fireplace, the AP reported.

At least four homes were destroyed in a fire at a mobile home park, with a water main break making it difficult to put the fire out, Napa Fire Capt. Steve Becker told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Residents say everyone got out safely. Firefighting hampered because water main burst. Had to truck in water.#mapit

— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7)
Stephen Lam / Reuters

Damage to the Napa County Superior Court building is seen after an earthquake on Sunday.

10. Along with the minor injuries, ABC News is reporting two “major injury cases.”

City of Napa, Calif., says 2 "major injury cases" among dozens of people being treated for injuries after earthquake - @ABC LA

— ABC News (@ABC)
AP Photo/Lyall Davenport

A damaged building in Napa is seen.

Stephen Lam / Reuters

Damage to a downtown building is seen after an earthquake in Napa Sunday.

What a wake up call, scariest thing of my life,glad we r ok! PQP q susto o terremoto aqui na California

— Helio Castroneves (@h3lio)

14. Images depicting the damage around Napa have appeared on social media.

Earthquake at @SilverOak

— David Duncan (@DavidSilverOak)

This is interior of Don Pericos restaurant in Napa.

— Suzanne Espinosa (@suzyesp)

Two trapped when this home shook off foundation in Napa. Neighbors helped them out as fire started 2 homes down.

— Will Kane (@WillKane)

Fire in Napa at a mobile home park. Water main break and firefighters without water. At least two homes destroyed.

— Will Kane (@WillKane)

Meadowbrook Lane in Napa-- skaters finding upside to quake damage. Photo from #nbcbayarea photog Jeremy Carroll

— vicky nguyen (@vickydnguyen)

20. Sunday’s earthquake was the highest magnitude one in years. The Independent reports:

In 1989 an earthquake measuring 6.9 struck the Santa Cruz area of California, killing 62 people, according to government figures.

Prior to that one there had been quakes of 5.7 and 5.8 in 1983 and 1980 respectively.

Richter Scale- works exponentially, which is why 1989 6.9 #BayArea #earthquake 10x stronger than today's 6.0 #sfquake

— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks)

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