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CT couple vacationing in California during earthquake

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Scene after an earthquake in California. Scene after an earthquake in California.

A Connecticut family on a West Coast vacation felt the earthquake that hit northern California over the weekend.

It was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit within a 25 year span.

"When it happened I thought 'Oh, that was a little one, like a 2.' Then in the morning we were surprised it was a 6.1," said Frank Garcia, who was visiting family with his girlfriend.

Garcia was visiting his new granddaughter in the Napa Valley area when the earthquake hit at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Garcia said he lived in California for 25 years and was there in 1989 when an earthquake hit San Francisco, killing 60 people, but it was his girlfriend Heather Nacca's first earthquake experience.

"It was like someone had picked up the hotel, shook it for a few minutes and put it back down. The thing for me was, even after it happened, I still felt like I was shaking," Nacca said.

The road to recovery for the California communities hit could be a long one, and the town of Napa took a big hit, especially during the height of the tourist season in wine country. Power and gas are being restored, but only in some areas.

"Napa is such a beautiful and quaint town and from the damage we saw, most of it was to the older areas that hadn't been retro-fitted for the earthquakes," Garcia said.

One winemaker said he lost enough wine to fill a swimming pool, and some of the damage to the wineries could cost millions of dollars.

During the earthquake, more than 100 people were hurt and there were no deaths reported.

"I do feel bad about the people who were lost or got hurt and the fires that happened and watching it on TV thinking, 'God, that could have been us,'" Nacca said.

Public schools in Napa have canceled classes, and the governor declared a state of emergency.

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