LA mayor OKs catalog of quake-vulnerable buildings

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Updated: 6/15 9:06 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has approved a plan to list apartment buildings that would be most vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.

The Los Angeles Times reports  Garcetti signed off Friday on the survey that would catalog so-called soft-story buildings that were put up before 1978 and have at least two stories and five units.

Soft-story buildings are wood-framed buildings whose upper stories often are built above carports and have minimal support. One apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley pancaked during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, killing 16 people.

The city has about 5,800 such buildings.

Garcetti's signing comes a week after he took the issue of earthquake safety to Sacramento, where he lobbied the governor and legislative leaders on the issue of earthquake retrofitting.


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