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6.0 earthquake strikes wine country in Northern California

Twenty thousand of Napa’s 80,000 households are without power following a 6.0 magnitude earthquake which hit Northern California on Sunday. The quake centered about nine miles south of Napa.​

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was located at the eastern shore of San Pablo Bay, between two major active fault systems.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Southern Napa.

At least 120 people were sent to the hospital following the quake, the Associated Press reports. Most of the injuries were reportedly minor. Three people were admitted with broken bones and two for heart attacks.

In a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Napa Fire Department Operations Chief John Callanan urged people to stay away from parts of downtown, where there has been building damage. He said a team of inspectors is on the way to evaluate buildings there.

Napa City Manager Mike Parness said at later press conference that 15 to 16 buildings were red-tagged and are uninhabitable.

Barry Martin, community outreach coordinator for the City of Napa told Reuters that there are no reported fatalities.

A worker looks at a pile of wine bottles that were thrown from the shelves at Van's Liquors following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24, 2014 in Napa, California. A 6.0 earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area shortly after 3:00 am on Sunday morning causing damage to buildings and sending at least 70 people to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A worker looks at a pile of wine bottles that were thrown from the shelves at Van’s Liquors following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24 in Napa, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There will be a high police presence over the next few days to provide support to residents and store owners, and several streets downtown have been closed due to broken glass and fallen debris.

This is the first major quake to strike the Bay Area since 1989.

We’ll continue to update this story as new information becomes available. 

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