by Lisa Fogarty
The San Francisco Bay area was hit today with its most powerful and destructive earthquake in 25 years. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after a 6.1 magnitude quake ruined buildings, started fires, and sent at least 89 people to the hospital -- three of whom, including one child, are in critical condition.
The center of the earthquake was a few miles south of Napa Valley's wine country. Even though it lasted 10 to 20 seconds, it was strong enough to cause an incredible amount of destruction.
Witnesses in Napa say they felt the first tremors at around 3:20 a.m., but that it spread as far as Fresno and Chico. Reports on exactly how many people were injured vary depending on which news account you read, which is to be expected since the number will likely go up as time goes on -- though we certainly hope not, of course. Queen of the Valley Medical Center officials say they've treated 120 people so far.
Of the three people who were critically injured, one is reportedly a boy who was airlifted to the hospital after a fireplace fell on top of him.
Four mobile home were completely destroyed and two others were damaged. Fires broke out across the city and historic buildings are in need of repair. As you can imagine, gas leaks, water main breaks, and downed power lines are rampant. More than 21,000 businesses and homes in Napa are still without power.
Gov. Brown says areas affected by the earthquake will receive the emergency services they need. Inspectors are in the process of checking to ensure bridges, roads, and major buildings are safe.
This is the Bay Area's largest quake since Loma Prieta, a 6.9 earthquake that killed 63 and injured more than 3,700 people in 1989.
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