Clean Up Begins After Damaging Quake in Bay Area

By CBS News

Published 08/25 2014 06:37AM

Updated 08/25 2014 06:40AM

NAPA, Calif. --  An intense 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattled Northern California yesterday -- causing damage throughout Napa Valley and sending more than 170 people to the hospital.
At least two people are in critical condition, but there are no fatalities.  Parts of California's famed wine country remain under a state of emergency.

The destruction is clear as residents and businesses clean up downtown Napa, California.
The strongest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay area in a quarter of a century rippled through the area Sunday morning.

"It was just bouncing around like we were on a roller coaster ride from hell," describes resident Maurice Berrow.

The tremors broke gas lines, ruptured 60 water mains, and caused fires that destroyed at least 6 homes.

The earthquake damaged many of Napa's historic buildings. City officials have determined at least 33 buildings are now declared uninhabitable.

That includes Napa County's courthouse, a century old library, and Christina Jameson's home.
"I called 911, I said you guys have to come over here my house may fall over right now," Jameson says.

The quake struck the heart of California's wine country near the peak of tourist season and harvest.

The violent shaking cracked dozens of tanks, barrels, and shattered countless wine bottles - sending hundreds of gallons of top quality vintage wine down the drain.

"It's a scary time because of the loss of inventory, and it takes a long time, and a lot of effort to make wine. You don't just turn around overnight," says Bill Nancarrow of the Goosecross Winery.

The exact cost of the damage across napa is unclear.  But many wineries estimate they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

City crews have repaired and restored some broken water and gas lines. But thousands of customers still remain without power. The power company expects to restore electricity to most residents by Monday afternoon.

(Alison Harmelin, CBS News)

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