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Intense 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits northern California; 87 injured, 3 critically

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Intense 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits northern California; 87 injured, 3 critically

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Northern California early Sunday. This is reportedly the strongest earthquake to hit the Bay Area since 1989.

"Eighty-seven patients have been treated or are being treated at Queen of the Valley Hospital following the early morning earthquake, according to the city of Napa. Three people were critically injured," reports CNN. "One young child is in critical condition, Napa Division Fire Chief John Callanan said at a news conference. She was hurt when a fireplace collapsed and was flown out of Napa for treatment elsewhere."

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Napa High School has been turned into a makeshift shelter after six major fires have engulfed homes in the area following the quake.

"People phoned in more than 100 reports of gas leaks and downed power lines, according Napa city officials," CNN further reports. "At least 30 water main breaks and leaks were reported, according to Napa public works director Jack Rochelle." Water has been shut off to damaged water mains, and at least 15,000 customers have lost power in Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa.

According to CNN, "There have been at least five aftershocks so far, according to the USGS [United States Geological Survey], ranging from 2.6 to 3.6 magnitude."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.