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Napa Valley Rocked By 6.1 Earthquake

OPB | Aug. 25, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 3:40 p.m.

An earthquake-damaged building.

An earthquake-damaged building.

Craig Miller/KQED

Residents of California’s Bay Area were awoken early Sunday morning by a 6.1 earthquake that damaged buildings, knocked over furniture, and caused some fires and injuries. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and winemakers assessed the damage to bottles, barrels and vineyards in the hub of the state’s wine industry.

A quake like this in a neighboring state prompts Oregonians to ponder the likelihood of a similar seismic event here. How would our buildings and bridges hold up? Are we prepared on the local and state level for an emergency like this?

We’ll check in with Portland State University geology professor Scott Burns about the faults that lie under California and Oregon, as well as emergency preparedness.


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