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Lights back on after California quake

At least 70,000 lost power, utility PG&E says.

By Daniel J. Graeber

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- California utility company PG&E said it has restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers affected by a weekend earthquake.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Bay Area of California early Sunday, injuring at least 70 people. It was the largest earthquake to strike the region since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta temblor in 1989, which left 60 people dead.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the main provider for the northern two-thirds of the state, said it restored more than 90 percent of the power to customers affected by Sunday's quake.

At the peak, the company said about 70,000 customers were without power. PG&E said it received "several hundred" reports from customers about gas odors, and there are 20 gas outages tied to the quake.

"The company has completed an initial patrol of its gas transmission pipeline and has not identified any damage," the company said Sunday. "It is currently conducting a second patrol."

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency in response to an earthquake and aftershocks "that have damaged critical infrastructure, homes and other structures and caused fires and the closure of roads and highways."

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