This was the strongest earthquake to hit Napa County since last year, in August when a quake of 6.0 magnitude hit the area.
According to the latest reports released by the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake hit at 7:53 p.m. approximately 9 miles north of Napa and about 6 miles east northeast of Yountville.
The quake was measured at a depth of about 9.3 miles, the Survey said.
Brad Aagaard, a geophysicist at the USGS, said that the earthquake struck along the area of Green Valley Fault.
Aagaard added that it’s not uncommon for an earthquake of this magnitude to hit this location, so the scientists were not surprised when the quake struck Napa County because it lies along an area of intense seismic activity.
The experts explained that there have been numerous low magnitude quakes in this region in the past so the most recent one did not surprise anyone.
According to Aagaard, the quake that hit Napa County on Thursday evening was actually the larger compared to any other aftershocks that struck this region following last summer’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake. Before this one, the largest aftershock was of a 3.9 magnitude.
Following Thursday night’s earthquake, some reported broken bottles and glasses at several restaurants in the Napa County area, but according to the police, the quake did not make any serious damage and no one was injured.
The Napa Fire Department advised the residents living in the area to verify their homes for gas leaks and make sure there wasn’t any serious damage on their properties.
David Madrid, a Napa County resident talked to the local news and said that he realized there was an earthquake happening when all the bottles of wine that were on the ceiling started moving back and forth.
Madrid said it felt as if a big truck carrying a huge rig was passing by.
Right after the earthquake the local news channels started to receive many calls from residents wanting to report what had happened.
The residents who felt the quake posted on social media platforms to report what they had felt.
There were people from all around the Bay Area mostly, as well as residents from surrounding area lie Fairfield, Colma, Pinole and El Sobrante.
The earthquake with a magnitude 6.0 that struck Napa County in August injured more than 300 people and damaged thousands of buildings.
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