Sink hole in Moraga may have compromised a gas line, businesses are being evacuated in the surrounding shopping area pic.twitter.com/Nany5x84C0— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) March 14, 2016
Moraga police said residents of 60 to 100 homes have been asked to shelter in place as PG&E crews repair the gas main break.
The break occurred at 5 p.m. at Center Street and Rheem Boulevard after a traffic signal pole fell into a sinkhole and ruptured a gas line, Acting Police Chief Jon King said.
Moraga Police: a traffic pole fell into this sink hole and punctured a gas line, prompting them to evacuate area. pic.twitter.com/sdzBCQUdh2— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) March 14, 2016
About 450 people from nearby businesses were evacuated because of the break, which was producing a strong odor in the area.
450 people were evacuated from the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga because a sinkhole compromised a gas line. pic.twitter.com/bR94QgiJCn— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) March 14, 2016
Police said customers of the Rheem Theater, 24 Hour Fitness and other businesses in the area have been evacuated.