Gov. Jerry Brown today requested a presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California following the 6.0 Napa earthquake that struck Northern California on Aug. 24.

In the request, the governor asks President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

In the letter sent to the White House today, Brown says "economic impacts of this event will be extensive. The earthquake caused significant damage throughout the region."

A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration triggers the release of federal funds to help communities recover.

Read the complete statement from the governor, here.