Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after a 6.0 earthquake hit Napa early this morning.
The LA Times reports that the earthquake was centered in Napa Valley but was felt as far south as Santa Cruz. It is the largest earthquake to hit the bay area since 1989.
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Several buildings were damaged in the quake and dozens of people were injured. The Huffington Post reports that at least 90 people were taken to the hospital today after the earthquake in Napa.
Governor Brown said: “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.”
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The Napa quake also caused several fires and widespread power outages in the area. Napa Fire Capt. Doug Bridewell said: “There’s collapses, fires … That’s the worst shaking I’ve ever been in.”
The last time the Bay Area suffered a major earthquake was in 1989 when a 6.9 magnitude tremor struck during a World Series game on October 17 between the Giants that Oakland Athletics. The earthquake damaged several roads, including the Bay Bridge and the Oakland Freeway, and resulted in more than 60 deaths.