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‘Wake-Up Call': How the Napa earthquake played on California’s front pages

Northern Californians were jolted awake by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake early Sunday morning, the strongest temblor to shake the region in a quarter-century. More than 150 people went to the hospital for treatment following the quake, which had its epicenter near Napa, and scores of buildings were seriously damaged.

Dramatic images of fires, displaced barrels and damaged historic buildings littered the state’s front pages on Monday. Economic losses could surpass $1 billion, and as The Post explained in detail Sunday night, Napa’s wine industry suffered serious damages.

San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle’s front page featured the wine industry.

The Tribune

The San Luis Obispo paper focused on the damage from a gas line fire that ripped through a trailer park in Napa Valley.

The Sacramento Bee

The Bee, like many California newspapers, featured the destruction of several buildings in Napa’s historic district. Pictured is the Alexandria Square building. According to the Los Angeles Times, the building’s owners completed a seismic retrofit of the space in 2004, implying that the damage could have been a lot worse.

The Bakersfield Californian

Pictured on the front: Tom Montgomery, assessing the damage at a wine storage facility in the valley.

The Napa Valley Register

The local newspaper also zeroed in on the fire that ripped through a Napa Valley mobile home park. There is also an amazing secondary photo on the page, of a man sticking his head into a massive crack in the asphalt. Click here to see an enlarged version of the image.


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Abby Ohlheiser is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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