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USGS: 6.0 earthquake shakes Northern California

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck California's northern San Francisco Bay area early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake struck just before 3:30 a.m. about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa, in California wine country, Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It's the largest earthquake to shake the Bay Area since the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta quake in 1989, the USGS said.

The shaking set off car alarms and had residents of neighboring Sonoma County running out of their houses in the middle of night. Officials say widespread power outages have been report in Sonoma County.

A member of Napa County dispatch tells The Associated Press that there has been one report of structural damage, but additional details weren't immediately available.

"It was a rolling quake, said Oakland resident Rich Lieberman. "It started very much like a rolling sensation and just got progressively worse in terms of length. Not so much in terms of shaking, but it did shake. It felt like a side-to-side kind of rolling sensation. Nothing violent but extremely lengthy and extremely active."

The USGS says the depth of the earthquake was just less than seven miles, and numerous small aftershocks have occurred in the Napa wine country.

"A quake of that size in a populated area is of course widely felt throughout that region," said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado, "The 6.0 is a sizeable quake for this area. It's a shallow quake. It's about 6 miles deep. We received hundreds of reports on our website from people that felt it in the surrounding area."

There was no immediate report of injuries.

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ducklakeman August 24 2014 at 9:14 AM

One way to knock the smug gays down a few pegs. Not much longer now. Hopefully obama will be visiting Nancy Pelosi in her home town when the Big One hits. obama is human excrement. Time for a flush.

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markschupp August 24 2014 at 9:24 AM

Pelousy was stirring up her witches Brew.

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Donna August 24 2014 at 9:39 AM

About time for the looters to arrive

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pdbliz August 24 2014 at 9:37 AM

Do not want anyone hurt,,,but,,it is ashamed it did not take California into the ocean....
Nancy first.!!! Hollywood second.!!!!

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Mike August 24 2014 at 9:11 AM

When the Earth starts rocking, the Lord's going to come knocking.

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Tammy August 24 2014 at 10:08 AM

I understand that San Francisco just passed a law banning bottle water...isn't it ironic that is what they will be depending on now? I feel for the people but sometimes the people in power don't have the commons sense God gave a flea!

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pdbliz August 24 2014 at 9:38 AM

hope the quake traveles to Washington DC.......during session...

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Steve pdbliz August 24 2014 at 9:56 AM

There is rarely a session. Those guys and girls have not gotten one thing done in a very long time.

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wickedcoolally August 24 2014 at 9:43 AM

Earth fart

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katydid579 wickedcoolally August 24 2014 at 11:00 AM

Oh? Really? I thought it was you having a lamebrained "idea."

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gcarlson007 August 24 2014 at 10:46 AM

Do you know what we DON'T see happening here? Looting! Where are the looters? Isn't it amazing how an area with a higher class of people are absent that element? We actually see people HELPING people, instead of being destructive toward them. Good for Napa!

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ram4131 August 24 2014 at 9:54 AM

That's 3 quakes and a volcano in 1 week around the world.

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KILO ROCK BRAVO ram4131 August 24 2014 at 10:23 AM

Perhaps you should move somewhere else

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kcarthey ram4131 August 24 2014 at 10:35 AM

Costa Rica is lucky if it doesn't get 3 quakes a day. The earth is constantly shaking.

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