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USA: California rattled by destruction of magnitude 6.1 quake01:00

USA: California rattled by destruction of magnitude 6.1 quake

United States, Napa
August 24, 2014 at 04:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Napa, California woke to find parts of their neighbourhood destroyed and up in smoke on Sunday morning after an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook northern California.

The quake’s epicentre was four miles (6.4 kilometres) north-west of the town of American Canyon in Napa County. It struck at 03.20 local time (12.20 CET) at a depth of 6.7 miles (10.7 kilometres). US officials have given the earthquake 'orange status', saying that while there are no reported fatalities, secondary damage and economic costs may be significant. It was the biggest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay area seen since 1989.

Fires could be seen raging in Napa’s Orchard Avenue, with reports of serious damage to infrastructure in north California, a reported 15,000 homes left without power, and an estimated 120 people injured. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

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Residents of Napa, California woke to find parts of their neighbourhood destroyed and up in smoke on Sunday morning after an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook northern California.

The quake’s epicentre was four miles (6.4 kilometres) north-west of the town of American Canyon in Napa County. It struck at 03.20 local time (12.20 CET) at a depth of 6.7 miles (10.7 kilometres). US officials have given the earthquake 'orange status', saying that while there are no reported fatalities, secondary damage and economic costs may be significant. It was the biggest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay area seen since 1989.

Fires could be seen raging in Napa’s Orchard Avenue, with reports of serious damage to infrastructure in north California, a reported 15,000 homes left without power, and an estimated 120 people injured. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.

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