There is a 25 percent chance of a strong and potentially damaging aftershock in the next seven days following Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake near American Canyon, U.S. Geological Survey officials said Monday.
A 5.0-magnitude quake in the Yountville area in 2000 happened on the same fault and also damaged Napa, while a 6.3-magnitude quake in the Mare Island area in 1898 was along the fault as well.
Most of the damage was concentrated in Napa, northwest of the epicenter, as the rupture sent most of the quake's energy in that direction.
Dozens of aftershocks recorded since then have also sent energy in that direction, USGS officials said.
Seismic researchers are continuing to collect information about the earthquake and are working to improve an early warning test system that alerted the USGS a quake was coming within five seconds and estimated its magnitude at 5.7 within three seconds, soon enough to provide warning to Berkeley, San Francisco and areas farther south.
City officials reported Monday morning that a total of 208 patients have been treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa with 17 admitted. Most injuries are orthopedic, and many occurred when people were cleaning up their homes in the aftermath of the earthquake.
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