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Tuesday
Aug262014

Earthquake Clean-Up Continues in Northern California

ABC News(NAPA, Calif.) -- Many Northern Californians spent Monday cleaning up, 24 hours after the Napa Valley region suffered it strongest earthquake in 25 years.

Damage from the 6.0 earthquake could reach $4 billion, according to Kinetic Analysis Corp., a company that studies catastrophe risk, while insurance payouts will probably total $1 billion.

A state of emergency remains in effect following the temblor, which struck about 3:20 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them.

The jolt injured more than 200 people, buckled roads and damaged historic buildings in the heart of the state’s wine country. A 13-year-old was critically injured by a crumbling fireplace.

Approximately 49 buildings in Napa were red-tagged, meaning they're not safe to be inhabited, while 100 others were yellow-tagged so they might be eventually approved to reenter.

The earthquake was the largest one to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake that killed 63 people and caused $20 billion worth of damage.

Since Sunday's earthquake, dozens of aftershocks have followed -- including a 3.9-magnitude one on Tuesday -- but should lessen in intensity as the week progresses.


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