Napa Quake Upgraded to 6.1 Magnitude

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Damage to a building in downtown Napa


Sunday’s earthquake in Napa County could be felt as far north as Ukiah and as far south as Salinas, according to California Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci.

“These things happen in California, but we never want it to happen,” Ghilarducci told reporters Sunday afternoon at a media briefing in Rancho Cordova.

The earthquake’s reported magnitude changed throughout the day, but state geologist John Parrish confirmed it to be 6.1.

The largest aftershock to hit was measured at a magnitude of 3.6. Parrish said further aftershocks would shrink in magnitude over time.

Damage from the earthquake was described as “widespread” but, as Ghilarducci said, “not as bad as it could have been.”

Broken water mains were exasperated by California’s drought, but Ghilarducci said water would be made available to homes and businesses.

Thirty-three buildings were “red-tagged,” or deemed uninhabitable.

Most of the buildings that were damaged were older brick buildings.

Roadways cracked by the quake were deemed safe after temporary fixes.

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