California Earthquake: '6.0 magnitude earthquake hits northern California' [CNN]
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AMERICAN CANYON (CBS SF) — A preliminary magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday morning, centered in the Napa County town of American Canyon, but felt across Northern California.
This was the largest quake to hit the Bay Area since Loma Prieta.
Widespread power outages are impacting Napa, and there are reports of minor damage across the region, mainly items falling off kitchen shelves and stores with broken bottles.
Callers to KCBS Radio reported a significant shaking motion in the city of Napa, lasting for an extended time.
KCBS’ Todd Smoot reports a Safeway store in Sonoma has no power, and all employees evacuated the store while firefighters checked inside. The shaking was especially strong there because of the nature of the land being on alluvial gravel, sand and silt deposits.
In Contra Costa County, the quake was felt as a long, rolling, shaking motion with several peaks of movement lasting for an extended time.
People as far away as the South Bay and Davis reported being woken up by the quake, which was centered 6.7 miles beneath Earth’s surface.
Within minutes, more than 600 people had commented on our initial Facebook post about the quake.
“EVERYONE in Petaluma is up and chatting on Facebook. We definitely felt it!” said Ann Popovic.
“(It) Scared me. I’m still scared. Lasted a really LONG time,” said Valerie Gunnell on Facebook.
“Woke up south San Jose,” said Brianne Laiwa.
“Now that was a real earthquake,” exclaimed San Francisco Sunset district resident Matt Wandell.