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Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits northern California: USGS

Published on Aug 24, 2014 7:40 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted California early Sunday morning, the US Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage.

The quake struck at 3:20 am (6.20 pm Singapore time) north-west of American Canyon, California, USGS said, at a depth of just 10.8km below the surface.

The power was out in Napa, about 9.7km from the earthquake's epicentre, as well as in other towns and cities nearby, affecting more than 10,000 households, according to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The California Highway Patrol in the San Francisco Bay Area tweeted that it was "checking over crossings and bridges for obvious signs of structural integrity," and asked residents to report any signs of problems.

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