Earthquake Rocks Menlo Park, Bay Area
August 24, 2014
Northern Californians experienced what was a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, at approximately 3:30 this morning. The earthquake, centered in Napa County, was the largest to strike the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years.
Governor Jerry Brown issued an official statement proclaiming a state of emergency due to the extensive damage caused by the earthquake, which included “structural damage to public and private buildings, and… the closure of major highways and roads” along with the loss of power for nearly 70,000 California residents. Brown ordered all government agencies and their personnel to assist in the recovery process.
According to the New York Times, approximately 90 people have been treated at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center so far. While most of the injuries have been limited to minor cuts and abrasions, the center has today admitted patients with a hip fracture, a heart attack, and other more severe injuries.
Says M-A senior Sarah Dairiki, “When I felt the earthquake I was a bit startled, as I was clearly not expecting such a large one to occur. Although I don’t think it lasted that long, it definitely felt like the strongest earthquake I’ve ever experienced.”