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6.0 earthquake rattles Valley

A Sonoma Market employee picks up boxes that flew off the shelves during a 6.0 earthquake at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday. Sonoma Market had power because it is on a backup generator, but downtown Sonoma was plunged into darkness. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

A Sonoma Market employee picks up boxes that flew off the shelves during a 6.0 earthquake at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday. Sonoma Market had power because it is on a backup generator, but downtown Sonoma was plunged into darkness. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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A 6.0 earthquake shook Sonoma Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

A preliminary indication from the USGS showed that it was centered 4.2 miles northwest of American Canyon in Napa County.

Fire alarms were going off all over the Valley. Power went off momentarily, but came back on immediately in Agua Caliente. Power was off, with the exception of the stoplights, south of Fetters Avenue all the way through Sonoma.

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority Division Chief Bob Norrbom said the department had been responding to fire alarms that went off and to some medical runs, but he hadn’t heard of anything major. Sonoma Valley, Schell-Vista and Glen Ellen fire departments sent water tankers to Napa County because of the number of broken water mains there.

According to the City of Sonoma, Sonoma police and fire are not reporting any significant damage or injuries at this time. Public Works reports water system has not sustained any damage and is operational.

Sonoma Valley School Superintendent Louann Carlomagno reported that all schools have been checked and are secure. Schools will be open on Monday.

In a statement from Peter Rumble, with Sonoma County, there are no identified disruption to services in Sonoma County at this time as a result of the American Canyon Earthquake. No personal injuries have been reported in Sonoma County; there have been reports of minor property damage.

The County Emergency Operations Center opened early this morning, and County building and water officials were dispatched immediately following the earthquake to inspect facilities, roadways, and infrastructure throughout the county to assess any damages. Emergency responders and county officials are coordinating with Napa County, state officials, and the Sonoma Raceway.

Sonoma County responded to a request for aid at approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, providing 10 fire engines and one ambulance to Napa County. Pacific Gas and Electric has restored power services to several thousand customers, with approximately 640 customers in Sonoma County remaining without power.

Workers at Sonoma Market, which has an emergency generator, were busy cleaning up the debris shortly after the quake. The market was a lone beacon of light in the Sonoma darkness. Sonoma Market owner Dale Downing said the store lost a lot of wine as things flew into the aisles.

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  • davecooks

    Kudos to the PGE teams that brought power back so quickly. With the arcing that lit up the sky at 3:20 AM, it looked like we’d be without power for a while.

    • Phineas Worthington

      It was quite a light show last night.

  • Melanie Mason

    Any damage to buildings over there?

    • Casey

      not much that i have seen. only stuff in side that fell over or crashed off a shelf. Maybe a few cracks in walls. we were so lucky!!!

  • Jack Shmollie

    Yes , as much as people beach about PG&E , I finally fell asleep about 5 and had power when we woke up at 8 .Long night , and I figured it could easily be a day or more for power . Thank you linemen and women .

  • Marco Conti

    I’m writing from Switzerland. I have relatives in Sonoma and I can not contact them.
    Anna Lee and Conti 3998 White Oak Sonoma, CA 95476

    Does anyone know them or has any news.

    thank you

    • Casey

      Not to worry, everyone in Sonoma is fine. there were no casualties.

      • Marco Conti

        Tanks a lot

  • Airwine

    BTW, not to minimize the damage or loss to anyone, but thanks to Cable TV and the rest of the media, we are now 1) without any wine at all 2) have no places to live 3) not able to attract visitors 4) all historic buildings are destroyed (after all, Sonoma is really the edge of Napa, right?). This will help so much with the last of the summer season visitor dollars our economy needs so badly. So let’s start seeing pictures and stories about ‘we are back and open for business.’ Of course all those who hate those pesky visitors who actually drop by and fund all the neat stuff we have in Sonoma would be thrilled if they stayed away…

  • Casey

    Does anyone know how long the duration of earthquake actually lasted? It seemed like a long time.