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6.0 Quake Causes Injuries and Damage in Northern California (Updated)
Posted on Aug 24, 2014
Dozens of people were injured and many buildings extensively damaged in Napa, Calif., early Sunday in the largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area in 25 years, SFGate reports.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck 3 miles northwest of the city of American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. While much of the destruction occurred in downtown Napa, shaking was felt in the state as far away as Chico (145 miles) and Fresno (197 miles).
The initial temblor was followed by several aftershocks, the largest of which was a magnitude 3.6 that struck 5 miles southwest of Napa at 5:47 a.m.
Debris consisting of bricks, chunks of concrete and broken glass littered the streets of downtown Napa. Among the damaged buildings was the city’s Old County Courthouse. Residents and officials told reporters the toll would have been greater if the quake had struck Saturday, when thousands of people were downtown for the Napa Blues, Brews & BBQ event.
An offramp on a nearby highway was also said to have “buckled.” But the roads remain open, the paper reported.
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Update: Two earthquakes, both above 6.0 in magnitude, jolted first Chile and then Peru this weekend. The temblor in Chile happened Saturday afternoon near the coastal city Valparaiso and registered at 6.4 on the Richter scale. It was originally reported at 6.6 but was later downgraded, as this Mashable article detailed on Sunday, after a magnitude 7.0 quake shook southern Peru.
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