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Dozens injured in Napa, California quake

Published on Aug 24, 2014 10:57 PM
A reporter surveys the scene of a building collapse following a 6.1 earthquake on Aug 24, 2014, in Napa, California. Dozens of people were injured, two of them seriously, when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Napa in the wine-producing region of northern California, the city government said. -- PHOTO: AFP

NAPA, California (REUTERS) - A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.

The biggest quake in the region in 25 years jolted many residents out of bed when it hit at 3.20am (1020 GMT), centreed 10 km south of the City of Napa.

Three people were seriously injured, including a child who suffered multiple fractures after a fireplace fell on him, local fire battalion chief John Callahan said.

Six fires broke out, including one that consumed six mobile homes, he said.

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