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Aug 25, 2014 10:21 AM by Associated Press

More aftershocks expected in Napa area

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Scientists say there could be aftershocks for several weeks following yesterday morning's 6.0-magnitude earthquake that shook Napa, California. The quake struck the heart of the state's wine country.

The damage assessment continues today -- but the initial assessment found that dozens of homes and buildings in the region were unsafe to occupy. They include an old county courthouse, where a 10-foot wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.

The quake was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989.

State Geologist John Parrish is warning that buildings damaged in the quake will be more susceptible to collapse from aftershocks. The quake caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparking fires. Four homes in a mobile home park were destroyed.

A Napa hospital treated more than 170 people in the emergency room, though hospital officials couldn't say how many of them were there for injuries suffered in the quake. Twelve more people were admitted for broken bones and other medical problems directly related to the quake, including an adult who remained in critical condition last night.



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