NAPA, Calif. — A strong earthquake that rocked Northern California’s scenic Napa wine country early Sunday injured more than 100 people, sent brick and concrete tumbling from historic buildings and triggered fires and power outages.
Officials said at least 15 buildings were left uninhabitable, and many more awaited further evaluation. State transportation officials inspected highways and bridges and declared them safe for travel.
The magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck around 3:20 a.m.. For some residents, the temblor revived memories of the last big quake to strike the San Francisco Bay Area 25 years ago, which did major damage.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Schools in Napa Valley were ordered closed Monday.
Mike Parness, city manager, said 15 or 16 buildings in the central downtown were “red tagged” after inspectors found damage left them too dangerous for people to enter. Several dozen other buildings were awaiting further evaluation.
“We’ve got a lot of workers out checking out homes and buildings,” Parness said. Read More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/24/napa-valley-earthquake/14524035/
The City of Napa was worst hit city. It is not near the San Andreas Fault. There are many side faults and one of those generated this earthquake.