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Clean up begins after powerful California earthquake

A major clean up operation has begun in northern California after it was struck by a powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

Dozens of people were injured, two of them seriously and buildings were damaged after the earthquake hit the city of Napa.

California governor Jerry Brown also declared a state of emergency after water mains were damaged and gas leaks reported.

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Buildings 'severely damaged' after California quake

Around 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after a powerful earthquake hit Napa city in California, according to the Associated Press.

Damage to the Napa County Superior Court building is seen after an earthquake in Napa, California Credit: Reuters

Napa City Manager Mike Parness said at an afternoon news conference that there was only limited access to numerous other structures, mostly ones with broken windows.

In Napa, at least three historic buildings were damaged, including the county courthouse, and at least two downtown commercial buildings have been severely damaged.

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