The latest on damaging earthquake in California

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Rubble from a collapsed building facade is seen on a parked car Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has been reported in California’s northern San Francisco Bay area. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Rubble from a collapsed building facade is seen on a parked car Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has been reported in California’s northern San Francisco Bay area. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Cellar worker Daniel Nelson looks over toppled barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Winemakers in California’s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles, barrels and gallons of ruined wine as a result of Sunday’s earthquake. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Steve Brody inspects damage to the interior of his mobile home after an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, in Napa, Calif. A large earthquake caused significant damage and left at least three critically injured in California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday, igniting fires, sending at least 87 people to a hospital, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The remains of a mobile home are seen after a gas fire destroyed it as the result of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, in Napa, Calif. A large earthquake caused significant damage and left at least three critically injured in California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday, igniting fires, sending at least 87 people to a hospital, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Olive oil and vinegar seeps from Lucero Olive Oil’s tasting room in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. A large earthquake caused significant damage and left at least three critically injured in California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday, igniting fires, sending at least 87 people to a hospital, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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NAPA, Calif. (AP) — This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning following the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years:

3:33 p.m. PDT

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has reduced the number of customers without power to about 17,000, spokesman Jeff Smith said. Right after the earthquake hit 12 hours ago, about 70,000 people were without power, he said.

2:46 p.m. PDT

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is working to restore power to 30,000 customers after the earthquake, spokesman Jeff Smith said.

There have been “no reports of significant damage” to the company’s equipment, Smith said. Crews are continuing to assess the situation, he added.

If customers smell gas or experience an emergency, they should call the company immediately, Smith said.

Customers should not try to turn their gas on themselves, he said. Customers should call Pacific Gas and Electric “to get your gas back on” to avoid a potentially dangerous situation, Smith said.

2:25 p.m. PDT

The California Department of Transportation has inspected San Francisco Bay Area state highways and structures and says all damage appears to be minor.

The agency says bridges and roadways are open and safe for travel.

2:14 p.m. PDT

All Napa Valley Unified School District campuses will be closed Monday. Justin Siena High School will also be closed.

2:14 p.m. PDT

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement that she will be sending staffers to hard-hit Napa on Monday and said: “I will be talking to local officials about how we can help ensure that residents, businesses and communities have the resources they need to recover and rebuild.”

2:14 p.m. PDT

Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, which treated 120 people, has some damage from the earthquake. That included burst pipes in a non-patient area, ceiling tiles falling off in office areas and minor structural damage to an outbuilding.

Spokeswoman Vanessa DeGier said: “We are open 24 hours a day and so some of our staff did sustain some injuries,” which she characterized as minor.

2:14 p.m. PDT

Gracie Ramirez, 19, was at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa to visit her sister-in-law, Connie Navarro, who gave birth to a boy about 10 minutes before the quake struck.

Ramirez said: “The nurses were grabbing the baby and, you know, trying to check all his fingers and toes, and then ‘boom.’

“The computers fell, the hospital was a mess, they told me that one of the nurses was injured because a computer fell on her.”

1:55 p.m. PDT

Napa Public Works Director Jack LaRochelle says it could take as long as a week to repair 60 water mains that broke or sprung leaks. He says residents serviced by mains that had to be shut down for repairs could be without water in their homes for that long.

LaRochelle stressed that it was still safe to drink from municipal taps, and the water plants for the city were not damaged.

1:55 p.m. PDT

Officials said tourists planning to visit Napa Valley should check whether their accommodations were affected, but they said much of the valley was not impacted.

1:55 p.m. PDT

Though the damage appeared to be most significant in Napa, other cities nearby were also affected. About 15 miles south in Vallejo, city officials said 41 buildings were damaged, primarily in the downtown area and on Mare Island, and there were 16 water main breaks.

Congressman Mike Thompson, who represents Napa, says a museum and homes that belonged to officers when Mare Island served as a naval shipyard were declared uninhabitable.

1:32 p.m. PDT

The earthquake couldn’t have come at a worse time for winemakers in the storied Napa Valley, which has just started harvesting the 2014 crop. Thousands of bottles and barrels broke.

Tom Montgomery, a winemaker for B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California, said: “It’s devastating. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

1:32 p.m. PDT

Napa City Manager Mike Parness says it is too early to estimate damages. He said: “Right now we’re still in initial response mode where we’re trying to find out what the conditions are. Once we have that identified then we will start putting numbers to it and try to get a better handle on it. We really can’t do that right now. It’s only been a few hours.”

12:58 p.m. PDT

The earthquake sent 120 people to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, where officials set up a triage tent to handle the influx. Hospital CEO Walt Mickens says most had cuts, bumps and bruises received either in the quake, when they tried to flee their homes or while cleaning up. Three people were admitted with broken bones, and two for heart attacks.

12:58 p.m. PDT

Napa City Manager Mike Parness says 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, mostly ones with broken windows. Officials say they are still assessing buildings in the area.

Associated Press

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