6.0 Napa Quake Injures 120

Water mains rupture amid widespread power outages

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 24, 2014 6:03 AM CDT | Updated Aug 24, 2014 4:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake rolled through the San Francisco area early today, reports the LA Times, in the biggest temblor to hit the region since 1989. It was initially reported at 6.0, and later revised upward by the USGS. It was "just a rolling sensation," one witness tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "It felt like I was on a boat in the bay." At least 120 people have been sent to the hospital; three of them are in critical condition. Thousands are without power, 15 to 16 buildings are "no longer inhabitable," and firefighters are trying to put out six fires amid 50 reported gas leaks and 60 ruptured water mains, the AP reports.

The California Highway Patrol's Golden Gate division tweeted that it's checking bridges and other structures for "obvious signs of structural integrity;" it later said that preliminary reports "are looking positive," while noting widespread power outages. The quake struck at 3:20 local time, with an epicenter three miles northwest of American Canyon in Napa. It was relatively shallow, with a depth of 6.7 miles; a series of aftershocks have since rattled the area. An early-warning system gave residents a 10-second warning that the quake was coming, the LA Times reports.

Cellar worker Daniel Nelson looks over toppled barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon following an earthquake at the BR Cohn Winery barrel storage facility Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif.
Cellar worker Daniel Nelson looks over toppled barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon following an earthquake at the BR Cohn Winery barrel storage facility Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A mailbox is all that remains of one of four mobile homes which were destroyed in a gas fire Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, in Napa, Calif.
A mailbox is all that remains of one of four mobile homes which were destroyed in a gas fire Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, in Napa, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Damage to a building in Napa, Calif., early Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 hit the northern San Francisco Bay area.
Damage to a building in Napa, Calif., early Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 hit the northern San Francisco Bay area.   (AP Photo/Lyall Davenport)
Bricks are in the street after a building was damaged during an earthquake in Napa, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Bricks are in the street after a building was damaged during an earthquake in Napa, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ellen Knickmeyer)
A Safeway employee cleans up merchandise which fell due to an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in American Canyon, Calif.
A Safeway employee cleans up merchandise which fell due to an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in American Canyon, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Gurbeer Singh cleans up merchandise that fell due to an earthquake, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at a 7-11 store in American Canyon, Calif.
Gurbeer Singh cleans up merchandise that fell due to an earthquake, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at a 7-11 store in American Canyon, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Gurbeer Singh cleans up merchandise that fell due to an earthquake at a 7-Eleven store Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in American Canyon, Calif.
Gurbeer Singh cleans up merchandise that fell due to an earthquake at a 7-Eleven store Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in American Canyon, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A man photographs damage to a post office in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
A man photographs damage to a post office in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Bricks and rubble cover the sidewalk in front of a heavily damaged building following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif.
Bricks and rubble cover the sidewalk in front of a heavily damaged building following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Cans and bottles litter the floor of cold box at a 7-Eleven store after an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in American Canyon, Calif.
Cans and bottles litter the floor of cold box at a 7-Eleven store after an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in American Canyon, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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