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Repairs underway following 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa area

Damages roads, buildings, thousands without power, but Go Pro Grand Prix still on

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area this morning, damaging buildings and roads and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The earthquake was reported at 3:20 a.m. about three miles northwest of American Canyon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The U.S.G.S. also reported 2.5 and 3.6 magnitude aftershocks about four miles southwest of Napa at 5:01 a.m. and 5:47 a.m., respectively. Several smaller aftershocks have also been reported.

Following the incident, California Highway Patrol personnel visually inspected all roadways, overcrossings and bridges. As of noon today, damage was noted in the following locations:

- SR-121 at SR-29

- SR-121 at Cuttings Wharf

- Old Sonoma Road between Congress Valley Road and Buhman Road.

- Petrified Forest Road at Saxton Road

Traffic control is in effect at those locations, but all roads are open and accessible to the general public. The CHP is asking for the public's help in detecting additional damaged locations. If you see roadway damage, call the CHP at our non-emergency line (1-800-TELL-CHP / 1-800-835-5247). If damage to the roadway could cause a collision, please call 9-1-1.

Many areas are without power, resulting in deactivated traffic signal lights. The CHP reminds the public that dysfunctional traffic signals must be treated as all-way stop signs. Please check carefully at each intersection before proceeding through.

Damage was reported to structures within the city of Napa. At this time, the Napa Police Department requests that people avoid the areas of damage, and to avoid entering Napa area if you have no urgent business there.

The Go Pro Grand Prix scheduled today at Sonoma Raceway is still on, and all roadways accessing Sonoma Raceway (US-101, SR-37, I--80) are open as normal.

The 49er Game at the Levi's Stadium is also still scheduled. All roadways accessing Levi's Stadium are open as normal.

Please be aware that some public transit providers, including Amtrak and ACE train, have cancelled their service due to the earthquake. Consequently, please anticipate heavy traffic and delays in the area. Prepare for the trip: http://www.levisstadium.com/getting-here/

Officials with the U.S.G.S. said this morning's earthquake is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake almost 25 years

ago.

Officials said 30 to 70 small aftershocks could hit the area during the next week.

Emergency agencies are reporting minor injuries but no deaths have been reported.

Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. said in a statement this morning the impact of the earthquake is being felt throughout the region.

"My Office of Emergency Services has been on full activation since early this morning and is working close with state and local emergency managers, first responders and transportation officials to respond to impacts to residents and critical infrastructure," he said. "These safety officials

are doing all they can to help residents and those living in affected areas should follow their guidance and instruction."

There has been major damage to buildings in Napa, and firefighters are battling at least one blaze that damaged several mobile homes.

There have also been reports of water main breaks and gas leaks.

Barry Martin, a spokesman for the city, said the earthquake "has caused significant damage in the city of Napa."

Martin said firefighters are responding to structure fires, and a number of masonry buildings in downtown Napa have suffered severe damage. He

said several stores have broken windows and there are water main breaks in several locations.

Napa has opened an Emergency Operations Center.

Vallejo has also activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to the earthquake.

Vallejo police are reporting isolated structure damage to downtown buildings and on Mare Island.

Police are also reporting water outages from water main breaks, minor roadway damage, minor gas leaks and power outages.

Vallejo police said a road has been closed on Mare Island at Mimitz and Rickover streets.

Police said there are some minor injuries reported and no loss of life.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting the westbound off-ramp of state Highway 37 and westbound Interstate Highway 80 to state Highway 37 are closed due to possible damage. The CHP is on the scene inspecting the roadways.

Damage has also been discovered on state Highway 121 at state Highway 129 in Napa. Parts of Congress Valley Road and Buhman Avenue have also been closed due to significant road damage, according to the CHP.

PG&E is reporting tens of thousands of customers are currently without power across the Bay Area, mainly in Napa and Sonoma counties.

There has been no reported damage to roadways in the South Bay, Peninsula and East Bay, according to the CHP. Officers are currently checking roads for obvious damage.

Bridges and roads are remaining open as they are being inspected.

Law enforcement and emergency agencies across the Bay Area are asking residents not to call 911 unless they have an emergency.

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is reporting multiple power outages and alarms but hasn't had reports of any major injuries or

damage.

The San Francisco Police Department hasn't had any reports of damage in San Francisco.

The earthquake was felt in several East Bay cities, San Francisco, as far north as Sacramento and as far south as San Jose.

Dennis Culver, Bay City News, contributed to this story.

Comments

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Posted by Tom F
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

Sucks to be them.


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Posted by All shook up
a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:41 am

Woke us up, but all is fine!


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Posted by Right
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

I've been following on tv, Why does every public agency in the world have to get into this? One word: Overtime All at taxpayer expense.


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Posted by News junkie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Puzzled that Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, Fox News, CNN all must have pulled all shows. They all were playing the same one film clip, over and over for 8 hours. Why? It happened at 3:00, 6:00 Eastern time. Did they pull all their guests out? I certainly understand locals like channel 2 and 4, but every one??? Don't they know Napa "Valley" doesn't have bridges, cliffs, etc.. Nothing bizarre happening in the vineyards, just lots of broken bottles and busted barrels. Yes, it was horrible, but wouldn't an hourly update be adequate.


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Posted by Ali Reza
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Sal.
Soussan jan we tried to call but we couldn't, we're worry.
Pleas call.
Thanks


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