Strong quake shakes northern California

Magnitude 6 earthquake jolts western US state but no reports of deaths or serious damage, US Geological Survey says.

Last updated: 24 Aug 2014 11:33
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The quake struck at 3:20am local time (10:20 GMT) northwest of American Canyon, California [EPA]

A strong magnitude 6 earthquake has jolted California, the US Geological Survey has said, though there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage.

The quake struck at 3:20am local time (10:20 GMT) northwest of American Canyon, California, at a depth of just 10.8km from the surface, USGS said on Sunday.

The power was out in Napa, about nine kilometres from the earthquake's epicentre, as well as in other towns and cities nearby, affecting more than 10,000 households, according to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The California Highway Patrol in the San Francisco Bay Area tweeted that it was "checking over crossings and bridges for obvious signs of structural integrity," and asked residents to report any signs of problems.

Residents of the cities of San Francisco, about 64km away, and Davis, just over 112km away, quickly took to Twitter reporting feeling the quake.

Twitter user Tyson Winter wrote: "Shook violently here in Napa. Power's out."

Ann Marie Christy  wrote that her mother, also in Napa, said the shaking "was very violent with a lot of broken glass".

And in San Francisco, Om Malik posted "Damn, woke me up. Was super long. #quake #sf".


Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.