Strongest California Earthquake in 25 Years Injures 160 People
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Aug 25
About 160 people were injured Sunday after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit northern California. The earthquake hit four miles northwest of American Canyon in Napa County at about 3:20 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
More than 100 aftershocks were also reported. It was the largest quake to hit Napa Valley area since the Loma Prieta earthquake about 25 years ago.
“Everything and everyone in Napa was affected by the quake,” said CNN’s iReporter Malissa Koven. “My house, along with everybody else’s is a disaster. It looks like somebody broke in and ravaged the place, room by room. Anything and everything that could fall, did.”
Of the 160 injured, two were reported to be in critical condition.
Already, 100 homes have been declared as unfit to enter and another six mobile home burned. At least 500,000 people were reported to be without running water, and more than 15,000 people in the area lost electricity after the quake.
The Salvation Army has already dispatched to the area to serve meals to displaced residents and responders.
Gov. Jerry Brown also declared a state of emergency.
“My Office of Emergency Services has been on full activation since early this morning and is working closely with state and local emergency managers, first responders and transportation officials to respond to impacts to resident and critical infrastructure,” he said in a statement.
Publication date: August 25, 2014