6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles Northern California

I f you plan on traveling to the wine country of Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties in Northern California in the near future, your plans might be affected by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 which occurred earlier today and left as many as 64,000 people without power; hundreds of buildings damaged; and at least 120 people were injured.

Jerry Brown — the governor of the state of California — declared a state of emergency for Sunday, August 24, 2014. Although there were at least six people who were critically injured, no fatalities were reported.

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

According to an article written by Elizabeth Weise of USA TODAY, “The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT near American Canyon about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It’s the largest quake to hit the Napa Valley region since the Loma Prieta temblor in 1989.”

That was the earthquake which had a magnitude of 6.9 and occurred during the World Series when the Oakland Athletics were playing the San Francisco Giants. The extensive damage from that earthquake was estimated to be at a cost of $5.9 billion, according to this article posted at the official Internet web site of the United States Geological Survey.

The probability of a strong — and possibly damaging aftershock — within the next seven days is approximately 45 percent. There is a chance — between five percent and ten percent — that an earthquake equal to or larger than the main earthquake will occur in the next seven days.

There are no reports at this time that airlines are offering waivers for passengers scheduled to travel to or from the Bay Area; but check with your airline just to be sure if you have plans to travel to Northern California by airplane within the next week or so.

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