Governor Brown Issues Statement After 6.1 Quake Damages Historic Buildings, Injures Dozens in Bay Area

August 24, 2014 9:19 am · 15 comments

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area this morning, damaging buildings and roads and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The earthquake was reported at 3:20 a.m. about three miles northwest of American Canyon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The U.S.G.S. also reported 2.5 and 3.6 magnitude aftershocks about four miles southwest of Napa at 5:01 a.m. and 5:47 a.m., respectively.

Several smaller aftershocks have also been reported.

Officials with the U.S.G.S. said this morning’s earthquake is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake almost 25 years ago.

Officials said 30 to 70 small aftershocks could hit the area during the next week.

Emergency agencies are reporting minor injuries but no deaths have been reported.

California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. said in a statement this morning the impact of the earthquake is being felt throughout the region.

“My Office of Emergency Services has been on full activation since early this morning and is working close with state and local emergency managers, first responders and transportation officials to respond to impacts to residents and critical infrastructure,” he said. “These safety officials are doing all they can to help residents and those living in affected areas should follow their guidance and instruction.”

No injuries or major damage has been reported in central Contra Costa County (Claycord)

There has been major damage to buildings in Napa, and firefighters are battling at least one blaze that damaged several mobile homes.

There have also been reports of water main breaks and gas leaks. Barry Martin, a spokesman for the city, said the earthquake “has caused significant damage in the city of Napa.” Martin said firefighters are responding to structure fires, and a number of masonry buildings in downtown Napa have suffered severe damage. He said several stores have broken windows and there are water main breaks in several locations.

Napa has opened an Emergency Operations Center.

Vallejo has also activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to the earthquake. Vallejo police are reporting isolated structure damage to downtown buildings and on Mare Island.

Police are also reporting water outages from water main breaks, minor roadway damage, minor gas leaks and power outages.

Vallejo police said a road has been closed on Mare Island at Mimitz and Rickover streets. Police said there are some injuries reported and no loss of life.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting the westbound off-ramp of state Highway 37 and westbound Interstate Highway 80 to state Highway 37 are closed due to possible damage. The CHP is on the scene inspecting the roadways.

Damage has also been discovered on state Highway 121 at state Highway 129 in Napa. Parts of Congress Valley Road and Buhman Avenue have also been closed due to significant road damage, according to the CHP.

PG&E is reporting tens of thousands of customers are currently without power across the Bay Area, mainly in Napa and Sonoma counties. There has been no reported damage to roadways in the South Bay, Peninsula and East Bay, according to the CHP. Officers are currently checking roads for obvious damage.

Bridges and roads are remaining open as they are being inspected.

Law enforcement and emergency agencies across the Bay Area are asking residents not to call 911 unless they have an emergency.

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety is reporting multiple power outages and alarms but hasn’t had reports of any major injuries or damage.

The San Francisco Police Department hasn’t had any reports of damage in San Francisco.

The earthquake was felt in several East Bay cities, San Francisco, as far north as Sacramento and as far south as San Jose.

WalterEgo August 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

For the record, I slept through the quake and had no signs of any damage etc. when I got up this morning. I’m near the Concord Pavilion with bedrock just 40 feet down. Only the Fox News flash on my phone alerted me to the event. Surprised when I checked my Earthquake app to see how close it was and of course logged on to Claycord. From the USGS website: “The earthquake is located at the eastern shore of San Pablo Bay between two major active fault systems: the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault system on the west and the Concord-Green Valley Fault system on the east.” Well, the knee bone’s connected to the leg bone….. Ask yourself if this relieved pressure on the Hayward fault in the Eastbay or is it a fore-shock? Then ask yourself how ready you are. You can’t stop them but you can minimize damage and have supplies to get you by when there’s a bigger event. Large items that can tip should be bolted/secured to the wall. Get the child-proof latches that will keep cabinet doors from flying open spilling contents everywhere. The Hayward Fault in the Eastbay is LONG overdue historically for a major event. Can you survive for a week without help? Sadly, we shouldn’t have to have a near-miss to get people to move on getting quake ready but it is what it is. Prepare for a week of “urban camping” and you’ll be fine. Don’t forget to have a supply of pet food for the fur-children.

Terry Kremin August 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

FEMA has a great brochure here on preparedness:

Do you know where you gas and electric shut offs are? good time to make sure. Do you have a wrench handy to shut off the gas? They aren’t expensive, and can be wrapped in plastic and stored right there at the shutoff.

And check your flashlights – and make sure you have spare batteries.

Marianne August 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Wow. Now it’s up to a 6.1. Whatever the magnitude was, it did some damage.

Elly August 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Just heard the roller coaster at Marine World broke! People screaming says a neighbor near there. Can you confirm?

Elwood August 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

It’s Bush’s fault.

mutts August 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Of course, Elwood! As faults go.

et-al August 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

“My Office of Emergency Services”
Yeah that’s right Moonbeam. YOUR OFFICE.

MikeT August 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Now that the Governor has declared a state of emergency, is he not suppose to follow democrat protocol and go play golf or go on vacation?

Shake, Rattle & Roll August 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Let’s rock baby!

@ Mike T August 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Just for fun why don’t you check presidential vacation statistics and report back to us. And be sure to check on your hero, Reagan, as to his behavior while on vacation.

MikeT August 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

@ # 10, Why in the world would I want to take time to check on presidential vacation stats, and who would give a damn? It would seem I hit a nerve…

@ Mike T August 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Why would you give a damn? Well, unless you are just a childish troll, you are the one that brought it up with an implication that Democrats take more vacations than Republicans.

But, like most conservatives, when pressed to explain your irrational and baseless remarks you revert to backpedaling in order to get out of answering questions you can’t answer without looking like a complete idiot.

And did you hit a nerve? Yes. It bothers me when people of either political persuasion use cheap baseless tactics to try and make a point.

MikeT August 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

@ # 12, I am a Democrat, and there was no implication of which party takes more vacation time then the other. Backpedalling, childish troll, idiot, cheap baseless tactics, really?

Cuzzzzzzz...... August 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Oh for sh*t sake………why does every freakin subject on Claycord have to turn into some freakin juvenile rant? Mayor, perhaps better monitoring is need. Delete post that are not relevant to the subject at hand.
Mike T and @ Mike T take to the politics thread…………….This threat is about an earthquake

Tiny Harp August 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’ve never seen this forequake phinominon that seems to have surfaced in the media lately. I’ve lived here all my life and have experienced my share of quakes. I’ve always seen the big shake then a series if smaller aftershocks. I’ve seen lots of concern over this forequake thing this time. Possible… yes. Probable … Not likely. The more time that elapses from the inital event the smaller the chance of an additional event. After about three days its business as usual. Is this just more hyperbole by the news folks? It seems to be their job to constantly keep us in fear of something. Napa has suffered some horrific damage for sure, but the media has portrayed it as the whole town is destroyed. Much like they did in 1989 when several houses in the marina in San Francisco caught fire and it was presented as the entire city was aflame.

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