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CA Gov. asks for major disaster declaration following earthquake

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California Governor Jerry Brown has asked President Obama to declare the Napa Valley area a major disaster area following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit in late August. (Source: KGO/CNN) California Governor Jerry Brown has asked President Obama to declare the Napa Valley area a major disaster area following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit in late August. (Source: KGO/CNN)

(KGO/CNN) – California Governor Jerry Brown is asking President Barack Obama to declare the state a major disaster area.

The request comes after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of northern California on Aug. 24.

The region is known for its wine production and tourism. Gov. Brown himself had declared a state of emergency the day of the quake.

Brown says the economic impact from the quake is extensive, and a presidential major disaster declaration allows the release of federal fund to help communities after a disaster.

Brown also issued an executive order, that provides funding for local agencies and nonprofits who helped residents recover.

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