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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mayor Ed Lee: No Damage in San Francisco After 6.1 Earthquake Hits Napa

Posted By on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Despite the way it might have felt to you, no damage was reported in San Francisco after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the North Bay early this morning. 

Sometime just before 3:30 a.m. when even the night owls were fast asleep, the world as we know it erupted into a shaking fit, tossing dishes, firing off car alarms, knocking out power lines, and ruining buildings up in Napa. Some 70 people were injured in . No deaths have been reported as of now. 

But locally, the damage was tame: San Francisco police confirmed this morning that all stations were left unscathed and, as far as they know, buildings remained in tact. 

Mayor Ed Lee released the following statement in the aftermath:


“Many in the San Francisco Bay Area were awoken early this morning by the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta earthquake nearly 25 years ago. Thankfully, at this time, no damage has been reported in San Francisco. But we know that aftershocks in the region are common following a large earthquake of this magnitude. This is a good reminder that we need to do what can now, before the next earthquake, because that will make our City’s recovery all the more effective.

Our thoughts are with the residents and first responders in Napa County and other Northern California cities that reported injuries and damage. San Francisco stands ready to provide support if called upon.

We know disasters, whether it is an earthquake, tsunami, or something human made, can happen at any time with little or no warning. That is why it is important to take steps now so we are ready for any emergency. I urge all San Franciscans to visit www.sf72.org to learn more about how to prepare.

And, as we ask our citizens to be prepared, the City has taken steps to invest and upgrade in its infrastructure that will serve us during an emergency. It is critical that our water supply systems, our police and fire stations and our hospitals can rapidly respond in an emergency and stand ready to provide care and services to our residents.”

Here's some raw footage from Napa:



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