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California wakes up to 6.0 magnitute quake aftermath

Dozens of people were injured, two of them seriously, when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Napa in the wine-producing region of northern California, the city government said.

Governor 'working closely' with SF rescue services

The Governor of California's Office has been working with emergency services after a powerful earthquake hit Napa city in the San Francisco Bay area, he said in a statement. Jerry Brown added:

My Office of Emergency Services has been on full activation since early this morning and is working closely with state and local emergency managers, first responders and transportation officials to respond to impacts to residents and critical infrastructure.

These public safety officials are doing all they can to help residents and those living in affected areas should follow their guidance and instruction.

– Jerry Brown, Governor of California


'Dozens injured' after earthquake hits San Francisco area

Dozens of people were injured, two of them seriously, when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Napa in the wine-producing region of northern California, the city government said.

Four mobile homes were destroyed and two more were still on fire in the northern part of the city, a statement said.

The city government said there were 50 gas main breaks, 30 water main leaks and damage to historic buildings as well as to commercial properties.

Photos appear to show buildings damaged in quake

A Twitter user took this photo that purports to show serious damage to a building in Napa - a city around three miles (5km) from the epicentre of the earthquake.

Report: California residents stock up on water, batteries

A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Will Kane, has tweeted photos of the damage in a convenience store in the town of American Canyon - close to the epicentre of a powerful earthquake.

Highway Patrol: California quake causes black outs

An earthquake in northern California has caused power outages but no apparent structural damage to bridges, according to California Highway Patrol.


Female Yahoo executive 'sued for sexual harassment'

Yahoo female executive Maria Zhang is being sued for sexual harassment by a female employee. Credit: PA

A woman is suing her high-flying female Yahoo executive boss for alleged sexual harassment.

Software engineer Nan Shi claims Maria Zhang, a senior director of engineering at Yahoo Mobile, said she would have a 'bright future' at Yahoo if she had sex with her.

Miss Zhang denies the allegations.

A Yahoo representative said: "There is absolutely no basis or truth to the allegations against Maria Zhang. Maria is an exemplary Yahoo executive and we intend to fight vigorously to clear her name."

US spy-plane blamed for Air Traffic Control failure

A file photo of a Lockheed U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft Credit: Reuters

A top-secret US Air Force spy plane has been blamed for triggering a computer glitch that caused hundreds of flight cancellations and delays across the western United States, the Federal Aviation Authority and Pentagon have said.

The air traffic control system failure happened when a data from a U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance plane confused software that helps track and route aircraft across Southern California.

When the system crashed, a back-up system kicked-in and helped guide flights already in the air, but hundreds of planes across the US headed for California were ordered not to take off until the system at Los Angeles Airport was fully operational again.

Although the exact nature of the glitch is not yet fully known, the spy plane's extreme altitude and unusual route apparently overloaded the air traffic computer systems, NBC News reported.

US Defence Department officials confirmed that an Air Force U-2 spy plane was conducting training operations in the area. It is not unusual for a U-2 to operate in the region, and the necessary flight plan had been submitted for the high-flying plane, Colonel Steve Warren said.

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