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Earthquake hits California’s Napa Valley: Here's what it looks like on the ground

6.0 quake rattles residents; strongest quake in the area in 25 years.

Barrels are toppled on one another following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility on Aug. 24 in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Barrels are toppled on one another following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility on Aug. 24 in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Residents in California’s Napa Valley area awoke Sunday to a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that crumbled buildings, knocked products off of store shelves and did an estimated $500 million to $1 billion in insured losses according to catastrophe risk modeler Eqecat.

The quake, which lasted 18-20 seconds, ruptured gas mains and water lines, damaged building facades, and spawned numerous structural fires across the area. Windows in the air traffic control booth at the Napa Airport were blown out, and local vineyards experienced major damage to their wine and olive oil stocks.

Bricks and debris surround the Alexandria Square building in Napa, Calif., following the earthquake on Aug. 24. Officials in the city say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures.

Pedestrians stop to examine a crumbling facade at the Vintner's Collective tasting room in Napa.

Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store in American Canyon, Calif. Quidit and her husband were woken up in the early morning hours by the store's alarm company and immediately drove in to begin clean up.

Steve Brody inspects damage to the interior of his mobile home at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, in Napa.

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