Worst Earthquake in 25 Years Rocks California

The Daily Telegraph, August 25, 2014

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.

The earthquake struck just before 3:30am (1030 GMT) about 6 miles southwest of Napa, in California wine country.

It was the largest to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta quake in 1989, which killed 63 people and caused $6 billion (£3.6bn) in property damage.

That earthquake measured 6.9, while the famous one that levelled San Francisco in 1906 measured 7.8.

Three people were seriously injured, including a child who had multiple fractures after a fireplace fell on him. Six fires broke out, including one that consumed six mobile homes.

Most damage appeared centred around Napa, a famous wine-producing region and a major tourist destination in northern California.

Brick facades gave way in the historic section of downtown Napa, and bricks fell off a second floor corner of the courthouse, which showed cracks. On the main street, masonry collapsed onto a car.

The earthquake knocked out power to about 40,000 homes and businesses in Napa and neighbouring cities of Sonoma, St. Helena and Santa Rosa, according to the website for Pacific Gas & Electric.


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