Strong Earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hits California

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(Reuters) – An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude was detected in the U.S. state of California early on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It said the quake’s epicenter was eight km (five miles northwest of the town of American Canyon. There were no immediate reports of damage.

(CNN) — The strongest earthquake in 25 years in Northern California struck early Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings in downtown Napa and turning fireplaces into rubble.

The 6.0-magnitude quake struck just six miles southwest of Napa, California’s famed wine country.

“Everything and everyone in Napa was affected by the quake. My house, along with everybody else’s, is a disaster. It looks like somebody broke in and ravaged the place, room by room,” said CNN iReporter Malissa Koven, who was awakened by the shaking at about 3:20 a.m.

“Anything and everything that could fall, did,” she said.

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One child was hurt when a fireplace collapsed and was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Vanessa deGier told CNN.

Nearly 160 were treated for minor injuries at the emergency room at Queen of the Valley Hospital, though hospital CEO Walt Mickens could not confirm that all of those patients were injured in the earthquake.

Thirteen people were admitted for orthopedic issues and medical conditions, according to Mickens. By Sunday night, only one patient was still in critical condition.

Assessing the aftermat

The damage in Napa is “fairly significant,” said Glenn Pomeroy, the CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, who surveyed the area Sunday afternoon.

At least 15,000 customers in and around Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa lost power, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Roughly 7,300 were still without power as of Sunday evening.

In historic downtown Napa, the bricks and beams that once made up buildings’ facades lay splayed in the street. Shattered glassware covered the floor of a local restaurant. One home had visible charring from a fire that occurred in the aftermath of the quake. Gas leaks and downed power lines were also reported.

“The post office building had cracked, the local hardware store was destroyed with layers of shelves that had fallen over and busted the windows, multiple buildings had fallen apart, and all the local businesses looked trashed on the inside and out,” Koven said.

Pomeroy said that downtown was particularly hard hit “probably because of the age of construction.”

However, the damage “is not as bad as it could have been,” Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Office of Emergency Services, said at a news conference Sunday.

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