Earthquake of 6.0 Magnitude Hits Northern California

Earthquake

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake centered approximately four miles northwest of American Canyon hit at 3:20 a.m. Pacific Time. American Canyon is about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco with a population of approximately 19,454. Cities nearby include Napa, Vallejo and Sonoma and include Northern California’s famous wine country. Power outages have been reported in the Bay Area of San Francisco as well as Sonoma and Napa Counties. Official damage assessments are ongoing at this time. However, unofficial photos of homes affected by the earthquake are already showing up on Twitter.

California Highway Patrol is checking infrastructure including crossings and bridges for signs of structural damage including the Golden Gate Bridge. Preliminary “I felt it” reports indicate that the earthquake was experienced as moderate to violent shaking lasting from 5-10 seconds and that it was strong enough to wake people from their sleep.

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Strong 6.0 Earthquake Hits Northern California

By Alana Marie Burke

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One Response to "Earthquake of 6.0 Magnitude Hits Northern California"

  1. Joyce Jones   August 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Had been there several years ago having just a tremor and awakened me. Was as if a booldozer was breaking the walls…lasted a few seconds – but that was quite enough for my nerves to be frayed! Haven’t been back since…uuugggg!!!!!

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