Native New Mexican, family experiences California quake

Created: 08/24/2014 10:03 PM
By: Kristen Garcia,

A native New Mexican was one of thousands of people on the west coast that felt the 6.0 magnitude earthquake early this morning centered near the city of Napa.

Julian Gallegos says he and his wife were woken up by the quake.

"The shaking that we felt lasted about 45 seconds or so. We immediately got up and checked our 18-month-old son," said Gallegos. "My wife let the dogs out and she could hear the neighbor's pool water sloshing out of the pool."

Luckily, Gallegos says nobody was hurt inside his home and his house did not have any damage.

Sunday's quake was felt widely throughout the region, with people reporting its effects more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

The earthquake is San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

About 200 people were treated at hospitals, for mostly cuts and bruises. Three of them were critical, including a child who was struck by a falling chimney.

Gallegos says he has received a lot of messages from friends and family in New Mexico, checking to see if they're all okay.

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