Northern California was shaken awake this morning by its strongest earthquake in 25 years, a jolt that damaged historic buildings and hurt dozens of people, including a young child critically injured by a crumbling fireplace.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
In Napa, at least 120 people were injured and treated in the emergency room of Queen of the Valley Hospital, said Hospital president Walt Mickens.
Six patients sustained critical injures, including a young child, Mickens said.
The child was hurt when a fireplace collapsed and has been airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, hospital spokewoman Vanessa deGier told CNN.
“The majority of injuries that we are seeing are non-life-threatening, but still serious,” she said. “Lots of lacerations and abrasions, obviously from fallen debris.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after the South Napa Earthquake, which struck about 3:20 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was located about six miles south-southwest of Napa, California, and 51 miles west-southwest of the state capital, Sacramento. Officials have variously referred to the earthquake’s magnitude as 6.0 and 6.1.
Northern California struck by earthquake Sunday, August 24, 2014.
Dozens of aftershocks followed, with one reaching 3.6 magnitude, the USGS told ABC News. The earthquake was the largest one to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake.