Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes California's Bay Area

Earlier this morning, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck California's Napa Valley, sending wine bottles crashing to the ground and knocking out power across the region.

Centered near American Canyon, just six miles south of Napa and 51 miles west of Sacramento, the earthquake hit around 3:20 in the morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Reportedly, thousands of residents have been left without power and running water. "Numerous" injuries and fires have also been reported in the area.

The earthquake was the strongest felt in the region since 1989's Loma Prieta quake, which had a magnitude of 6.9. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this morning's earthquake gave local residents a "rolling sensation."

Darryl Sismil, owner of Marin Computer Service in Santa Rosa, described the tremor as "just a rolling sensation. It felt like I was on a boat in the bay."

"It wasn't like the shaking I felt in '89," said Skip Hutchins, […] referring to the Loma Prieta earthquake. "It felt like more of a rolling."

Journalists across the region were quickly dispatched to California's wine country to report on the damage. Early reports indicate that area supermarket shelves were dumped onto the floor.

California Highway Patrol has also shut down portions Highway 37 due to damage.

Update 10:30am PST: The Chronicle reports that the earthquake caused "extensive damage to buildings in and around downtown Napa."

There was widespread damage in downtown Napa, with bricks, concrete chunks and broken glass littering the street and building debris on parked cars.

Gov. Jerry Brown has also declared a state of emergency.

However, local badasses are turning the damage into an opportunity:

This is a breaking news post, and will be updated as new information comes in.

Photo: Andrew Crookston