Northern California Hit By Strongest Earthquake In 25 Years, More Than 87 Injuries Reported

Northern California Hit By Strongest Earthquake In 25 Years, More Than 87 Injuries Reported
The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The BBC reported that the earthquake struck at 3:20 a.m. local time at a depth of 6.7 miles.More than 42,000 customers lost power in the northern Bay Area, according to PG&E. Towns include American Canyon, Napa, Saint Helena, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma.It was a rolling quake, Oakland resident Rich Lieberman told the AP. It started very much like a rolling sensation and just got progressively worse in terms of length. Not so much in terms of shaking, but it did shake. It felt like a side-to-side kind of rolling sensation. Nothing violent but extremely lengthy and extremely active.

At least 87 people were sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the Los Angeles Times reported.Most of the patients at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa had cuts, bumps and bruises, a spokesman said.At least four homes were destroyed in a fire at a mobile home park, with a water main break making it difficult to put the fire out, Napa Fire Capt. Steve Becker told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Along with the minor injuries, ABC News is reporting two major injury cases.

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A damaged building in Napa is seen.Its likely there will be 30 to 70 small aftershocks within the next week, the USGS said, with a magnitude of 3 to 5.Images depicting the damage around Napa have appeared on social media.

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Sundays earthquake was the highest magnitude one in years. The Independent reports:

In 1989 an earthquake measuring 6.9 struck the Santa Cruz area of California, killing 62 people, according to government figures.Prior to that one there had been quakes of 5.7 and 5.8 in 1983 and 1980 respectively.

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