USGS: 6.0 earthquake shakes Northern California

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Updated: 8/25/2014 7:54 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP, KRNV & — Officials say an earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude hit in northern California's San Francisco Bay area.  It hit just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The quake's 
preliminary magnitude was a 6.0, it was upgraded to a 6.1, and then downgraded again to a 6.0.

The epicenter 
was 4-miles NW of American Canyon, 6-miles SSW of Napa, 8-miles NNW of Vallejo,9-miles SE of Sonoma and 51-miles WSW of Sacramento.

According to reports to the USGS, a few people in the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas felt a small shake.  The USGS also had reports of people feeling the quake in Tahoma.

This event is being called the South Napa earthquake and is the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.

City of Napa officials say three people were critically injured and 87 other people were treated at hospitals.

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USGS Map of the South Napa earthquake
USGS Map of the South Napa earthquake
Wine bottles litter the cellar flloor at Silver Oaks Winery in Oakland, California on Sunday, August 24, 2014.The earthquake that struck California early Sunday had a magnitude of 6.1, the U.S. Geological Survey says. It was the strongest quake to hit the Bay Area in 25 years, says CNN meteorologist Todd Borek (David Silver, CNN iReport)
South Napa Earthquake aftermatn (David Silver, CNN iReport)
Governor Jerry Brown (
Governor Jerry Brown (
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement on the earthquake in Napa Valley, felt throughout the region this morning:

"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."


WHEREAS on August 24, 2014, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake centered in Napa County caused severe damage in that county and the surrounding counties of Solano and Sonoma; and

WHEREAS earthquake aftershocks continue to occur in the region; and

WHEREAS the earthquake has caused structural damage to public and private buildings, and has caused the closure of major highways and roads; and

WHEREAS the earthquake has also damaged critical infrastructure, including power lines, and caused over 69,000 residents to lose power; and

WHEREAS the earthquake has caused fires and may cause additional fires; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of the earthquake, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties due to these events.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in the State of California due to the earthquake.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all citizens are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 24th day of August 2014.
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Kramer - 8/25/2014 2:37 AM
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WHEREAS this is 'phone it in' AP spam

Kramer - 8/24/2014 4:26 PM
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gee, Nv3-thanks for the legal boilerplate. Maybe U could do some basic research on the area and also enlighten folks about Earthquakes? this isn't some history museum...which likely would have fallen down, buy the weigh

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