Early-morning 6.0 quake shakes Bay Area


A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rolled through the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday morning, waking many Northern California residents.

Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey placed the epicenter of the 3:20 a.m. temblor seven miles northwest of American Canyon.

Tara White, an employee at Cordelia Shell Station just a few miles from the American Canyon epicenter, told SFBay she was in her car when she felt the earthquake:

“It was one of the biggest quakes I’ve ever felt, and the longest. I thought my car was rolling away, I put on my emergency brake.”

White told SFBay her gas station sustained no damage, and that their sister station on North Texas Street in Fairfield was also not damaged:

“Everything was swaying and moving, but we’re fine.”

PG&E is reporting significant areas without power across the North Bay in Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa, and more isolated reports of power outages in Vallejo, Pinole and Rohnert Park.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting no visible damage to Bay Area bridges that have been checked following the earthquake. Bridges remain open as they are being checked.

Residents in Napa County are reporting damage and power outages. The earthquake was felt in several East Bay cities, San Francisco and as far north as Sacramento.

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as associate professor at San Francisco State University.

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