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State of emergency declared after earthquake strikes California wine country

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NAPA, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the part of California’s wine country hard-hit by a large earthquake.

The governor issued a proclamation directing state agencies to help respond to the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck early Sunday about 6 miles from the city of Napa.

Napa Fire Department Operations Chief John Callanan says the city has exhausted its own resources extinguishing six fires, transporting injured residents, searching homes for anyone who might be trapped and answering calls about gas leaks, water main breaks and downed power lines.

The city of Napa in California wine country said in a statement today that two adults and one child have critical injuries and Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa has treated 87 people. Hospital spokeswoman Vanessa DeGier said most patients have cuts, bumps and bruises.

The earthquake struck just before 3:30 a.m. about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey said. It’s the largest earthquake to shake the Bay Area since the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta quake in 1989, the USGS said.

Napa Division Fire Chief Darren Drake said the quake caused six significant fires, including at a mobile home park. Four mobile homes have been destroyed and two others damaged.

Thousands are without power, buildings and roadways have been damaged, and water and gas breaks have been reported.

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