Northern California Sees Biggest Quake In 25 Years

Northern California saw the biggest earth quake in more than 20 years hit Sunday in the early hours, damaging buildings and injuring dozens.

Northern California Sees Biggest Quake In 25 Years
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The San Francisco Bay Area is assessing the damage in the wake of the strongest earthquake the region has felt in more than two decades. 

The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey measured at 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit between San Francisco and the Napa Valley in the early hours Sunday morning, damaging homes and businesses. 

KNTV reports 70 patients were admitted to a hospital in Napa but their injuries reportedly weren't expected to be serious. 

In addition to the structural damage, KGO-TV reports, the quake caused a fire in a mobile home park that consumed at least four homes, and efforts to put it out were complicated by a broken water main. 

The earthquake is the region's strongest since 1989's 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta quake, which killed 63 people, and some witnesses to Sunday's quake were afraid of a repeat. (Video via California HIghway Patrol)

CNN: "I've lived here all my life in San Francisco, and when I feel anything that goes past 10 seconds it really makes you kinda think, 'hey this might be the one.'"

The quake also had reporters looking for creative ways to visualize the damage. 

FOX NEWS: ‚Äč"This quake was so powerful that it jolted open the door, the ice cream fell out, landed on the floor, and then the door closed back up."

Still, infrastructure damage was limited— despite early reports of bridge damage, according to KQED most of the damage was limited to buckling roads, and there were no reported major bridge closings. 

KCBS reports the USGS recorded more than 60 aftershocks in the hours following the quake, with most of them concentrated in American Canyon, near the epicenter of the quake. 

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