UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: (AP) The earthquake sent 120 people to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, where officials set up a triage tent to handle the influx. Hospital CEO Walt Mickens says most had cuts, bumps and bruises received either in the quake, when they tried to flee their homes, or while cleaning up. Three people were admitted with broken bones and two for heart attacks.
UPDATE 11:56 a.m.: (AP): Three people were seriously injured after a large earthquake caused significant damage in California’s northern Bay Area, and nearly 90 patients have been treated at one hospital.
The city of Napa in California wine country said in a statement Sunday that two adults and one child have critical injuries and Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa has treated 87 people. Hospital spokesman Vanessa DeGier says most patients have cuts, bumps, bruises.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked California Sunday morning, striking just north of San Francisco, producing power outages and fires throughout the Bay Area and injuring at least 70 people, the Los Angeles Times reported.
CNN reported that the quake, the strongest to hit the Bay Area since 1989, was felt by roughly one million people.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, close to Napa, and the earthquake hit around 3:20 a.m. PDT (6:20 a.m. EDT).
This map shows the Earthquake epicenter – the darker the color, the harder the shake pic.twitter.com/CxjpLT7aPr
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From the Associated Press:
The tremor set off car alarms and had residents of neighboring Sonoma County running out of their houses in the middle of night. Power was knocked out in some areas.
The USGS says the depth of the earthquake was just less than seven miles, and numerous small aftershocks have occurred in the Napa wine country.
A member of Napa County dispatch tells The Associated Press that there has been one report of structural damage, but additional details were not available.
There was no immediate report of injuries.
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Fires were reported around the region, and power outages were widespread throughout the area, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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