Napa Earthquake: Impact on Sonoma Wine Country

SONOMA (KRON) — The Sonoma wine country is open for business following an early morning earthquake that struck Napa County on Sunday.

According to Sonoma County Tourism, it caused minimal damage and most wineries, shops, and restaurants are open in the Sonoma area.

The powerful jolt, which rocked the region at about 3:20 a.m Sunday morning, injured 208 people. Three people, including a child, have been listed as critically wounded. According to officials, the 13-year-old child was hurt when a chimney collapsed on him.

The quake was centered about 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, but it was felt widely across the Bay Area.

Officials say that 33 buildings in Napa have been red-tagged and are no longer safe for people to go into.

Sonoma County Tourism president Ken Fischang said, “We are very fortunate that the quake was short lived and the damage was minimal here.”

“Sonoma County is open to receiving visitors, from the rolling vineyards to the towering redwood forests and out to the Pacific Ocean beaches. We do ask for patience as the clean up progresses. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Napa neighbors. It will only be a matter of time before all of Northern California’s famed Wine Country is fully back in business,” said Fischang.

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