California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties Sunday after a magnitude-6.0 earthquake rattled Northern California early Sunday, leaving dozens wounded, thousands without power and hundreds of buildings damaged.
The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT near American Canyon about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It’s the largest quake to hit the Napa Valley region since the Loma Prieta temblor in 1989.
Kelly Huston, a deputy director with the California Office of Emergency Services, said there were no reports of fatalities, but dozens were taken to local hospitals. Most injuries, he anticipated, would be from falling objects and debris.
Napa’s local hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, treated 89 patients on Sunday, spokeswoman Vanessa DeGier said.
Three of those patients had severe injuries. One child was stabilized at the hospital and flown to the trauma center at University of California-Davis. Two adult patients, one with a cardiac event and the other with multiple fractures, remain in critical condition and have been admitted to the hospital, she said. The majority of the patients had cuts, bumps and bruises, and could be treated and released, she said.
“Our ER team has done so many sutures today,” DeGier said.
Huston said there were several active fires burning in the area of the quake and that the state was dispatching urban search and rescue teams “much like we would on a wildfire.” He said state officials would do a flyover shortly to assess damage. Further inspections could reveal more damage, he warned.
At a news conference Sunday morning, county officials said there are at least 30 water main breaks, 100-plus gas leaks and dozens of “red tagged” buildings that are too dangerous to enter. The water remains safe to drink.
Six structure fires were reported, John Callanan, Napa fire chief, said. In one of those fires, four mobile homes were destroyed.
At least 64,000 people are without power, state emergency officials say. The hardest hit area is Napa, where 20,786 homes and businesses have lost power, according to Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest power provider in the area. Other hard hit areas include Saint Helena, where nearly 4,300 customers are without power, Santa Rosa, where 4,500 customers have lost power and Sonoma, where 3,900 customers have lost power.
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