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Residents, businesses pick up pieces after destructive CA quake

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Many buildings were determined unsafe after Sunday's earthquake. (Source: CNN) Many buildings were determined unsafe after Sunday's earthquake. (Source: CNN)

NAPA, CA (CNN) - Inspectors spent much of Sunday determining whether buildings downtown were safe after the strongest earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years struck, injuring more than 170 people.

Many buildings were determined unsafe.

"There are approximately 33 red tags," Napa Community Development Director Rick Tooker said. "These are red tags because of partial collapse, of materials that are falling off the side of the building or separation of a roof, as an example."

The earthquake badly damaged homes, both directly and indirectly, with fires burning and water lines broken. Firefighters had people evacuate but couldn't do much to stop flames from spreading.

The Red Cross set up a shelter at Crosswalk Community Church.

"We've got a couple people who've lost everything, homes completely burned down, so nothing left but a foundation," Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said.

There was quite a sound outside an apartment complex as the earthquake brought a large carport down on vehicles.

Inside businesses, there has been a lot to clean up, with aisle after aisle of damaged merchandise.

California's wine country took a hit, as casks capable of filling 300 bottles of wine apiece toppled and spilled down the drain.

A child injured by a collapsed fireplace was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in critical condition, while Queen of the Valley Hospital treated more than 170 patients. Most suffered cuts and bruises; 13 were hospitalized.

"Of those 13 admissions, seven were for orthopedic issues - fractures, mostly hips," Walt Mickens, president of Queen of the Valley Hospital, said. "I think we had one ankle, but mostly hips."

The FAA says the Napa air traffic control tower is now unusable, after the earthquake blew out most of the windows. the agency planned to set up a temporary tower while the other is being repaired.

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