Local News - San Mateo
The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California's wine country.
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The quake struck around 3:20 a.m., about six miles south of Napa and lasted 10 to 20 seconds, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake struck in 1989.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa has handled more than 208 patients who sought emergency care after the earthquake struck.
Of the 208 patients, at least 13 were admitted to the hospital with broken bones and respiratory or cardiac conditions, while others were treated and released for less severe injuries, hospital president Walt Mickens said at a news conference Sunday evening.
Only one patient remains in the hospital in critical condition while another, a 13-year-old boy, was airlifted to another trauma center in critical condition after pieces of the fireplace at his home collapsed onto him, Mickens said. The boy is now listed in serious condition.
The most common injuries were from household items falling off of walls or shelves onto people or from those who stepped on debris in their homes, he said.
Mickens announced earlier Sunday that 120 people had been treated at the hospital, but that number rose as dozens of people got injured while cleaning up after the quake, he said.
Napa Fire Department Operations Chief John Callanan said the city had exhausted its own resources trying to extinguish at least six fires after 60 water mains ruptured, as well as transporting injured residents, searching homes and collapsed carports for anyone trapped and responding to 100 reports of leaking gas.
Two of the fires happened at mobile home parks, including the one where four homes were destroyed and two others damaged, Callanan said. A ruptured water main there delayed efforts to fight the blaze until pumper trucks could be brought in, he said.
Power and Gas Outages
Power has been restored to about 90 percent of PG&E customers in the North Bay, a utility spokesman said.
As of 9:30 p.m. Sunday, there were around 5,300 customers still without power in Napa County, PG&E spokesman Matt Nauman said. Crews are working to restore service to the remaining customers overnight, Nauman said.
Following the earthquake, initially about 70,000 customers were without power in area of Sonoma and Napa counties, according to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi.
Napa Valley Unified School District schools will all be closed Monday following the earthquake. City officials announced Sunday afternoon that all NVUSD schools will be closed, as well as Justin Siena Catholic High School.
There are 19 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools in the district.
Caltrans says it sent out inspectors Sunday to check on state highways following the earthquake. The agency says no major damage was found except for a massive crack on Highway 121 close to where the roadway intersects with Highway 29. Caltrans quickly narrowed the road with cones for cars to avoid wide crevices in the road.
KTVU crews spotted numerous upheaves and cracks in roadways as they drove through Napa County.
Damaged buildings and wineries
Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of the earthquake.
The earthquake couldn't have come at a worse time for the region, which has just started harvesting the 2014 crop.
B.R. Cohn lost "as much as 50 percent" of its wine, Montgomery said. The winery focuses on high-end, single estate wines that retail between $40 and $100 a bottle.
At Dahl Vineyards in Yountville, California, a rack full of wine barrels was teetering and in danger of coming down. One barrel containing $16,000 worth of pinot noir fell and was lost as a result of the quake. The owners were trying to save the rest, removing the barrels with a forklift. Elsewhere in the region, red wine stains were visible outside the doors of a warehouse — indicating there was damage inside. Read more about the earthquake's impacts at local wineries here.
State officials say about 90-100 buildings have been red-tagged, which means they've been deemed too unsafe to enter.
State of Emergency
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for southern Napa County, directing state agencies to respond with equipment and personnel. President Barack Obama was briefed on the earthquake, the White House said, and federal officials were in touch with state and local emergency responders.