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The Quake

A 6.0 earthquake that shook Sonoma Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday caused objects to fly off shelves and walls, but, outside of unreported damages at local wineries, didn’t cause any major damage locally. Napa was a different story, see story below.

A large portion of the Valley lost power, but by 10 a.m. Sunday, power had been restored and stores and restaurants had reopened.

The USGS website showed that the quake was centered 4.2 miles northwest of American Canyon in Napa County.

In the aftermath, fire alarms were going off all over the Valley. Power was off, with the exception of the stoplights, south of Fetters Avenue all the way through Sonoma.

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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