Deadly Quake to Hit California

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake ripped through California wine country Monday, killing two women as it brought down old downtown buildings in Paso Robles and rocked the state from Los Angeles to San Francisco, reports &to=' target=_blank>The Associated Press. "They are crushed like little toys, nothing left," said Nick Sherwin, 61, who had ordered staff and customers to flee his Pan Jewelers when he felt the first tremors. Searchers pulled apart piles of bricks and mangled wood with their hands, shovels and heavy equipment. The bodies of Jennifer Myrick, 19, of Atascadero and Marilyn Zafuto, 55, of Paso Robles, were found on the sidewalk outside the dress shop, said police Sgt. Bob Adams. Nick Sherwin, 61, who operated Pan Jewelers in the collapsed building, said he had ordered five employees and eight customers out but "the big jolt hit" when he was about 10 feet from the door, reports &to=' target=_blank>San Francisco Chronicle.

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