San Francisco Hit With a 6.0 Earthquake



Over the weekend (Aug. 24), an earthquake hit San Francisco in the wee hours of the morning, CBS reports. The 3:20 a.m. PDT quake had a magnitude of 6.0, which was the biggest to hit the Bay area since 1989 when they suffered a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Due to the shakeup, 70,000 people lost power and gas, water pipes ruptured and fires spread.  By the middle of Sunday, power was beginning to be restored and fires were put out.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa reportedly saw 172 people after the earthquake but could not disclose how many were there for earthquake related injuries. Twelve people were admitted for broken bones suffered during the earthquake and one 13-year-old boy was in critical condition after being hit with flying debris from a fireplace. He had to be airlifted to the University of California Davis Medical Center for a neurological evaluation.

The earthquake struck six miles south of Napa Valley and lasted 10 to 20 seconds, depending on how close residents were to the epicenter. The quake not only struck at a bad time for residents but also for the wine season. The winemakers of the Napa Valley’s famous vineyards were gearing up to harvest the crop for the 2014 season.

Sunday night, Southern California was also struck by a small earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3. There were no reports of injuries or damages.

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