Napa quake injures 120, damages 100 homes

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Napa, CA, United States (4E) – At least 120 people were injured and 100 homes were damaged from the magnitude 6 earthquake that struck Northern California near Napa early Sunday.

The Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa treated people who suffered bumps, bruises and cuts from walking on glass and debris, according to hospital Chief Executive Walt Mickens.

Six people suffered serious injuries, including a child hit by a falling fireplace. The child was transferred to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Two people suffered heart attacks, two suffered broken hips and one had a broken ankle.

Some hospital staffers were also injured.

There were no reports of fatalities, said Kelly Huston, a deputy director with the California Office of Emergency Services.

Meanwhile, four mobile homes at Napa Valley Mobile Home Park were destroyed by fire while two others were damaged, said John Callanan, Napa fire chief.

About 15 or 16 buildings in the central downtown were “red tagged” after inspectors found damage that left them too dangerous for people to enter, city manager Mike Parness said.

Numerous other buildings were yellow-tagged, which means people are being granted only limited access.

The safety of several dozen other buildings is being assessed.

Most of the heavily damaged buildings were in the older, central area of town. Newer homes and buildings away from the center of city city suffered less damage, but many were without power, officials said.

The 3:20 a.m. earthquake centered about nine miles south of Napa also cut power to at least 64,000 homes. A total 20,786 homes and businesses in Napa lost power, according to Pacific Gas & Electric, the largest power provider in the area. The other areas and the number of homes without power were Saint Helena, 4,300; Santa Rosa, 4,500; and Sonoma, 3,900.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Schools in Napa Valley were ordered closed Monday.

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