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Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for southern Napa today (Aug. 24). A temblor registering 6.0 hit at 3:20 this morning. Power has been knocked out to thousands of people in the area. There have been scores of injuries and extensive damage.

The epicenter was six miles south of Napa. It was the most powerful quake to hit the Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta disaster. Aftershocks are being reported.

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shirleyberan Aug. 24, 2014 @ 1:09 p.m.

The 1989 quake was 6.9. Hate waiting for aftershocks.

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Don Bauder Aug. 24, 2014 @ 6:58 p.m.

shirleyberan: It's always interesting watching the aftermath of a temblor -- terrifying if you live in the area. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 24, 2014 @ 9:25 p.m.

My wife and I were in Santa Cruz when the Loma Prieta quake hit. We were literally knocked to our knees in the middle of Pacific Ave when it hit and a few seconds later, we saw the cloud of dust from the collapse of the bookstore.

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Don Bauder Aug. 25, 2014 @ 2:39 p.m.

danfogel: That was a real shaker. Remember the cars that were crushed when the bridge collapsed? Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 26, 2014 @ 4:52 p.m.

If you are referring to the section of the 880 in Oakland, then yeah, I do remember. But more importantly, I remember the heroic efforts of those that manged to save some of the trapped people.

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Don Bauder Aug. 27, 2014 @ 6:09 a.m.

danfogel: Yes, those efforts were impressive. The quake also took the public's attention off the World Series which, as I recall, was being played between Oakland and San Francisco. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 27, 2014 @ 11:07 a.m.

Well. let's see. You have a catastrophic event which hits one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Sixty some people were killed and close to 4,000 were injured.There were 12,000 homes and 2,600 businesses damaged and there was something in the neighborhood of $6billion damage. So yeah, I guess it's fair to say that the public's attention was elsewhere for a period of time. Since the WS was also delayed by 10 days, I'm sure that had a little to do with it, what with no games being played, there was nothing to pay attention to.

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CaptainObvious Aug. 24, 2014 @ 3:05 p.m.

Here 100 miles East of Napa in the Sierras, some felt it. As a native, but ex-San Diegan, I don't notice anything under 4.0. Ho hum.

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Don Bauder Aug. 24, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

CaptainObvious: Wow -- feeling it 100 miles east. Best, Don Bauder

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ImJustABill Aug. 24, 2014 @ 11:58 p.m.

I don't think we're really all that prepared for earthquakes in CA. I wouldn't think that a 6.0 should cause power outages and water main breaks. I suspect out infrastructure has been neglected. When the overdue big earthquake finally hits it will be devastating.

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Don Bauder Aug. 25, 2014 @ 6:13 a.m.

ImJustABill: True. In San Diego, it is the consequence of putting subsidized sports stadia and convention center expansions ahead of infrastructure. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Aug. 25, 2014 @ 8:15 a.m.

danfogel - sounds more like a bomb than a shaker. Ran out of the house a couple of times here but nothing that terrible, yet.

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shirleyberan Aug. 25, 2014 @ 12:06 p.m.

In my almost 60 years in San Diego, there has never been a better predictor and earth quake warning system than Don Bauder.

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danfogel Aug. 25, 2014 @ 5:16 p.m.

Except that Don Bauder left San Diego over a decade ago after residing there about 30 yrs.

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Don Bauder Aug. 26, 2014 @ 6:14 a.m.

danfogel: I have never predicted an earthquake. I have predicted lurking financial woes for San Diego, but, alas, no earthquakes. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Aug. 25, 2014 @ 7:56 p.m.

Don at the time Moni was at West Hollywood college. Something incorrect about your system now.

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Ponzi Aug. 25, 2014 @ 11:34 p.m.

There's nothing funny about an earthquake. Thankfully, no fatality has been reported. -Californian's should bear in mind that - at any time - a major earthquake event can occur. Buildings that are not up to code should be updated, citizens should follow earthquake readiness protocol to the letter.

The only thing that is certain is that there will be more earthquakes. Scientists estimate a 99% chance of a 6.7 in the Bay Area within 30 years. What they did not capture in the media is there is also a 95% chance of a 7.5 quake and a 90% chance of an 8.0 within the same time period.

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Don Bauder Aug. 26, 2014 @ 6:17 a.m.

Ponzi: What do those scientists predict for Southern California -- particularly LA and San Diego? Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Aug. 26, 2014 @ 9:45 a.m.

Don, the story I read did not elaborate on Southern California. Historically, the L.A. area has been the epicenter of many powerful quakes while San Diego has had less intense tremblers. One thing is for certain, a major earthquake in Southern California is only a matter of when, not if.

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Don Bauder Aug. 26, 2014 @ 1:26 p.m.

Ponzi: Scientists seem to agree that a big shaker in SoCal is a sure thing. Best, Don Bauder

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