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Cleanup Efforts Underway after Major Earthquake in California

  • Andrew Brooks, associate winemaker of Bouchaine Vineyards, surveys fallen wine barrels after a 6.0 earthquake in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Grace Hardy cleans up wine bottles at nakedwines.com in Napa, California, following an earthquake, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Pedestrians stop to examine a crumbling facade at the Vintner's Collective tasting room in Napa, California, following an earthquake, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Cracked asphalt along Highway 12, Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A vehicle is trapped beneath a collapsed parking structure in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A fallen statue of Bacchus, a Roman god of wine,inside the Ceja Vineyards tasting room after an earthquake in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store in American Canyon, California, after an earthquake, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A man photographs damage to a post office in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A reporter surveys the scene of a building collapse following a reported 6.1 earthquake in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • People look at a damaged building with a top corner exposed following an earthquake in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Jean Meehan looks over the damage to her JHM Stamp and Collectibles store following an earthquake in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • People walk past a tumbled mannequin and broken storefront window on First Street following an earthquake in Napa, California, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Bricks are in the street after a building was damaged during an earthquake in Napa, California, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
6.0-magnitude earthquake causes damage California's Bay Area
VOA News

Authorities are coordinating extensive cleanup efforts following the strongest earthquake to hit the northern part of the U.S. state of California in 25 years.

A 6.0-magnitude quake shook the region early Sunday, injuring more than 100 people, causing major damage to buildings, igniting fires and knocking out power to thousands.  Some of the damaged structures were historic buildings.

Bricks, debris and crushed cars litter the streets, and power, water and gas lines have been cut.

The quake was centered between San Francisco and Sacramento.  Most of the damage is in and around the town of Napa, in northern California's picturesque wine-making region.

Experts have warned of dozens of aftershocks in the coming days.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in parts of northern California.

Sunday's quake was the biggest to jolt the San Francisco Bay area since a 6.9 quake hit the city in October 1989, killing more than 60 people.

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