NAPA. Calif. — Residents of this picturesque town were awakened with a shock early Sunday as a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the region.
"It was shaking so hard I was barely able to get myself and my daughter out," said Douglas Edwards, 27, Napa resident, adding the earthquake woke him up from a sound sleep. "When I stood up, the floor moved so much, I fell back down again. I ran outside and you could see the transformers exploding in the sky. It was just flash, flash, flash."
The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT near American Canyon about 6 miles southwest of Napa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It's the largest quake since the Loma Prieta temblor in 1989.
Edwards said his home was completely wrecked. Everything fell off the walls and furniture was upended. The only thing that didn't crash to the floor, he said, was a framed picture of the Last Supper.
Maria Deguzman, a federal worker who lives in American Canyon, said her dog jumped up when the rattling started and "was looking confused."
"It just kept rumbling and rumbling," she said. "And it kept getting stronger and stronger. This was the strongest earthquake I ever felt."
Deguzman and her husband have been feeling aftershocks this morning but said their home has sustained no damage from what they can see, she said.
Mike Desimoni said he drove to downtown Napa to see how his property there had fared after the quake.
"It was bad. Worse than the '89 quake," he said, referring to the Loma Prieta quake. "It rolled for about 30 seconds.
His family purchased the Alexandria Building in downtown Napa in the 1990s. The building has been earthquake-retrofitted in the 1990s.
Now the roof of the building hangs precariously over the sidewalk and bricks and rubble fill the sidewalk and street in front of it.
"We're going to rebuild and move forward. That's all you can do. "