An earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The quake registered at a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale after being downgraded to 6.0 and then restored to 6.1 again. The largest Bay Area quake in 25 years was centered near Napa. According to CBS on Sunday, this quake is responsible for injuring at least 89 people in Napa.
Those near the epicenter of the quake have described it as being different from other earthquakes experienced in the area. Rather than the usual rolling feeling, this quake was described as a large jolt as if the earth was shifting.
This most recent earthquake is just a bit smaller than the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake that was responsible for the collapse of the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland and the East Bay. This is the strongest earthquake to hit the area since the Loma Prieta in 1989. Many may remember watching that earthquake during the 1989 World Series.
This most recent earthquake is said to have struck just six miles southwest of Napa and four miles northwest of American canyon. According to reports, the Napa earthquake has caused extensive damage to buildings and roads as well as water and power lines in the area. There have been more than 66 recorded aftershocks, with some of the tremors registering as strong as 3.6. The earthquake itself was reportedly felt as far east as Sacramento.
More than 30 water main breaks and leaks have been reported since the quake and six major fires broke out due to the damage. Several mobile homes in the area have burned to the point of total loss. Additionally, more than 100 reports of downed power lines and gas leaks have also been called in. Those seeking shelter can report to Napa High School.