Special report: California earthquake safety

<b>Special report:</b> California earthquake safety

Full coverage: California earthquake safety
A Times analysis has found that more than 1,000 old concrete buildings in Los Angeles and hundreds more throughout the county may be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake. By the most conservative estimate, as many as 50 of these buildings in the city alone would be destroyed, exposing thousands to injury or death.

Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks rating system for buildings' seismic safety

5:40 PM PDT, April 11, 2014

Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks rating system for buildings' seismic safety

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants buildings across Los Angeles to be graded for their seismic safety as part of an ambitious plan to help residents understand the earthquake risks of their office buildings and apartments.

Scientists pinpoint origin of 5.1 La Habra earthquake

8:54 AM PDT, April 3, 2014

Scientists pinpoint origin of 5.1 La Habra earthquake

The cluster of earthquakes that began Friday night in La Habra appear to have struck on a fault underneath the Puente Hills thrust fault, scientists said Wednesday.

West Coast lawmakers seek millions for earthquake warning system

6:00 AM PDT, April 3, 2014

West Coast lawmakers seek millions for earthquake warning system

WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers is hoping the recent string of Southern California temblors will jolt Congress into funding an earthquake warning system.

Earthquakes on the brain

7:31 PM PDT, April 1, 2014

Steve Lopez: Some steel buildings at risk in earthquake

As The Times has been reporting for several months, there are dozens of unreinforced concrete buildings in the region that could be severely damaged or toppled by a Big One. But it turns out that some steel-reinforced buildings are at risk as well.

Chile 8.2 quake: Damage far less severe than feared

4:50 PM PDT, April 2, 2014

Chile 8.2 quake: Damage far less severe than feared

Strict building codes in Chile credited for saving lives.

La Habra earthquake jolted social media

7:25 PM PDT, March 31, 2014

La Habra earthquake jolted social media

The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals.

La Habra quake a reminder about dangerous Puente Hills fault

7:46 PM PDT, March 29, 2014

La Habra quake a reminder about dangerous Puente Hills fault

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday was a 10-second reminder of a fault that seismologists believe can produce a catastrophic disaster.

Watch swarm of earthquakes erupt in L.A. area

5:39 PM PDT, March 29, 2014

Watch swarm of earthquakes erupt in L.A. area

5.1 earthquake: Prototype early-warning system works again

12:02 PM PDT, March 29, 2014

5.1 earthquake: Prototype early-warning system works again

A prototype earthquake early-warning system worked again Friday night, giving seismologists in Pasadena about a four-second heads-up before shaking was felt from the magnitude 5.1 quake that struck near La Habra.

Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

11:24 PM PDT, March 28, 2014

Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

A series of earthquakes peaking with a magnitude 5.1 shaker struck the Southland on Friday evening, causing a rock slide, water main breaks and shattered glass throughout northwestern Orange County, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

California maps will point to tsunami danger zones

3:13 PM PDT, March 21, 2014

California maps will point to tsunami danger zones

California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other communities that local cities could use to regulate development in areas along the coast at risk during a large tsunami.

Scientists, private firms wrangle over statewide quake alert system

5:00 PM PDT, March 20, 2014

Scientists, private firms wrangle over statewide quake alert system

Tom Heaton was sitting in his kitchen in Pasadena on Monday morning when an alert went off on his laptop warning him that an earthquake had struck about 40 miles away in Encino.

Earthquake preparedness is finally embraced by L.A. movers and shakers

8:29 PM PDT, March 18, 2014

Steve Lopez: Earthquake preparedness is finally embraced by L.A. movers and shakers

Do I have special powers? people have asked.

4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.'s unknown faults

9:45 PM PDT, March 17, 2014

4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.'s unknown faults

They are not as familiar as the freeways, but Southern California's major faults — such as the San Andreas, Newport-Inglewood and San Fernando — have become familiar markers on the local landscape.

<b>Interactive: </b> Large earthquakes in L.A. area

5:35 PM PDT, March 17, 2014

Interactive: Large earthquakes in L.A. area

Interactive map of earthquakes greater than magnitude 7.0 in the Los Angeles area since 1973.

It's a big task for Lucy Jones: preparing us for the Big One

11:00 AM PDT, March 15, 2014

Steve Lopez: It's a big task for Lucy Jones: preparing us for the Big One

My thinking on earthquakes goes something like this:

Hollywood developer fights quake fault designation

9:50 PM PDT, March 13, 2014

Hollywood developer fights quake fault designation

An earthquake fault line should not be drawn underneath Blvd6200, one of Hollywood's largest residential and commercial projects, a lawyer for the developer said Thursday.

A potent threat of major earthquake off California's northern coast

6:22 PM PDT, March 12, 2014

A potent threat of major earthquake off California's northern coast

If a 9.0 earthquake were to strike along California's sparsely populated North Coast, it would have a catastrophic ripple effect.

Trench dug at Hollywood site to look for possible earthquake fault

5:19 PM PST, February 26, 2014

Trench dug at Hollywood site to look for possible earthquake fault

The developer of a planned apartment complex  near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street has hired geologists to dig underground to search whether an earthquake fault intersects the property. 

L.A. apartment tenants would pay full quake retrofit costs under plan

8:15 PM PST, February 23, 2014

L.A. apartment tenants would pay full quake retrofit costs under plan

A Los Angeles City Council member wants to allow owners who seismically retrofit apartment buildings to pass on the costs to tenants.

Bill targets new construction in California quake zones

9:06 PM PST, February 20, 2014

Bill targets new construction in California quake zones

A state lawmaker is introducing a bill that would close a loophole that has allowed developers to build projects on or near dangerous earthquake faults.

More than 600 L.A. school buildings need quake evaluations, retrofits

5:24 PM PST, February 19, 2014

More than 600 L.A. school buildings need quake evaluations, retrofits

The Los Angeles Unified School District still has hundreds of school buildings in need of detailed seismic evaluations and strengthening to withstand a major earthquake, according to district data.

Santa Monica targets quake safety

6:15 PM PST, February 13, 2014

Santa Monica targets quake safety

Santa Monica will become the first city in California to inspect concrete, steel and wood-frame buildings and require seismic retrofitting for those deemed vulnerable during a major earthquake.

San Francisco wants private schools checked for earthquake risk

7:05 PM PST, February 11, 2014

San Francisco wants private schools checked for earthquake risk

San Francisco officials proposed Tuesday that all private schools in the city be checked to see whether they would be vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake.

For Los Angeles, list is a first step toward improved quake safety

7:25 PM PST, January 25, 2014

For Los Angeles, list is a first step toward improved quake safety

The University of California's release of data on nearly 1,500 older concrete buildings across Los Angeles marks a key step in the city's efforts to improve earthquake safety.

Interactive: Search for older concrete buildings in L.A.

10:49 AM PST, January 25, 2014

Interactive: Search for older concrete buildings in L.A.

Search this interactive map and database of old concrete buildings in Los Angeles.

UC quake researchers give L.A. list of old concrete buildings

8:23 PM PST, January 21, 2014

UC quake researchers give L.A. list of old concrete buildings

The University of California has released to Los Angeles city officials a list of about 1,500 old concrete buildings that are potentially at risk of collapse during an earthquake.

In reversal, quake researchers to turn over list of concrete buildings

9:18 PM PST, January 17, 2014

In reversal, quake researchers to turn over list of concrete buildings

In a reversal, University of California researchers will give Los Angeles officials the addresses of about 1,500 old concrete buildings that are potentially at risk of collapse during a major earthquake.

Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge

7:22 PM PST, January 15, 2014

Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge

In the 20 years since the Northridge earthquake, the state's freeway bridges have been strengthened. A new generation of hospitals, schools and university buildings designed to better withstand a massive quake has risen.

L.A. Mayor Garcetti to push for greater earthquake safety

8:37 PM PST, January 14, 2014

L.A. Mayor Garcetti to push for greater earthquake safety

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced an ambitious plan to tackle earthquake safety, including a new effort to strengthen vulnerable buildings.

L.A. Mayor Garcetti calls for aggressive earthquake safety effort

10:55 AM PST, January 14, 2014

L.A. Mayor Garcetti calls for aggressive earthquake safety effort

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced an aggressive new plan to tackle earthquake safety, including how to better protect vulnerable buildings.

Gov. Brown calls for more funding to map earthquake faults

9:25 PM PST, January 9, 2014

Gov. Brown calls for more funding to map earthquake faults

Gov. Jerry Brown called for a sharp increase in funding for a program to map dangerous earthquake faults in California, reviving an effort hobbled by budget cuts over the last two decades.

Gov. Brown proposes sharp increase in earthquake fault mapping budget

3:17 PM PST, January 9, 2014

Gov. Brown proposes sharp increase in earthquake fault mapping budget

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a sharp increase in the state budget to map earthquake faults in California, after months of reports about how the state’s effort has been hobbled by budget cuts over the last two decades.

New state fault maps show higher earthquake risks in Hollywood

7:02 PM PST, January 8, 2014

New state fault maps show higher earthquake risks in Hollywood

New state geological maps released Wednesday show several major developments planned in Hollywood are much closer to an active earthquake fault than Los Angeles city officials initially said.

<b>Map: </b>The Hollywood fault and proposed developments

7:00 PM PST, January 8, 2014

Map: The Hollywood fault and proposed developments

New draft maps released by the California Geological Survey shows several major Hollywood developments much closer to an active earthquake fault than city officials have said.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Hollywood Fault

11:57 AM PST, January 8, 2014

INTERACTIVE MAP: Hollywood Fault

Do you live or work in the Hollywood fault zone? Enter your address to find out.

Hollywood developments straddle earthquake fault, new maps show

11:02 AM PST, January 8, 2014

Hollywood developments straddle earthquake fault, new maps show

New state geological maps released Wednesday show several major developments planned in Hollywood are much closer to an active earthquake fault than Los Angeles city officials have said.

Santa Monica says it has discovered report on store built near fault

2:44 PM PST, January 4, 2014

Santa Monica says it has discovered report on store built near fault

A top Santa Monica building official reversed himself Friday, saying the city now believes some underground seismic trenching was performed on the site of a Whole Foods Market before it was built.

California's funds for mapping earthquake faults running out

8:31 PM PST, December 30, 2013

California's funds for mapping earthquake faults running out

California is about to run out of money for mapping earthquake faults, leaving many communities across the state with limited information about the seismic risks of new development.

Quake danger: Lawmaker calls on state to boost funding for fault maps

6:05 PM PST, December 30, 2013

Quake danger: Lawmaker calls on state to boost funding for fault maps

A state lawmaker Monday called on his colleagues to boost funding immediately to map known active earthquake faults, a safety measure that would keep new construction from being built atop or too close to dangerous faults. 

<b>Graphic:</b>Building along Hollywood and Santa Monica faults

December 30, 2013

Graphic:Building along Hollywood and Santa Monica faults

A Times survey found 14 buildings in Los Angeles and four in Santa Monica constructed close to two active earthquake faults not yet zoned by the state.

<b>A Times investigation:</b> L.A., Santa Monica buildings may sit atop quake faults

8:35 PM PST, December 30, 2013

A Times investigation: L.A., Santa Monica buildings may sit atop quake faults

The cities have approved several construction projects along two well-known faults in recent years without requiring seismic studies.

L.A. earthquake safety plan for vulnerable buildings advances

8:22 PM PST, December 3, 2013

L.A. earthquake safety plan for vulnerable buildings advances

A Los Angeles City Council committee agreed Tuesday to push forward a proposal to identify all the apartment buildings in the city that have a certain type of wood frame that is vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.

Identifying apartments at risk in quakes could take more than a year

9:43 PM PST, November 26, 2013

Identifying apartments at risk in quakes could take more than a year

Los Angeles city building officials have concluded that it would take inspectors more than a year to identify all the apartment buildings in the city that have a certain type of wood frame that is vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.

L.A. officials missed possible sign of quake fault in Hollywood

7:40 PM PST, November 21, 2013

L.A. officials missed possible sign of quake fault in Hollywood

Los Angeles officials missed signs in a geological report that suggest a $200-million residential and commercial development now under construction in Hollywood might be located above an earthquake fault, according to city records and interviews.

L.A. officials hopeful of getting earthquake building list

8:28 PM PST, November 19, 2013

L.A. officials hopeful of getting earthquake building list

In a meeting Tuesday with the city's top building official, scientists who have a list of concrete buildings in Los Angeles that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake agreed to work with city officials on how they might use the research data, once formally published.

Scientists visit L.A. to discuss list of buildings at risk in quake

7:30 AM PST, November 19, 2013

Scientists visit L.A. to discuss list of buildings at risk in quake

Scientists who have a list of concrete buildings in Los Angeles that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake will meet with L.A. officials Tuesday to discuss their research.

Santa Monica offers L.A. a cautionary tale on quake vigilance

5:11 PM PST, November 14, 2013

Santa Monica offers L.A. a cautionary tale on quake vigilance

Amid the wreckage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, no city took more decisive action than Santa Monica.

L.A.'s top building official to stay in job for another six months

6:37 PM PST, November 8, 2013

L.A.'s top building official to stay in job for another six months

The Los Angeles City Council Friday unanimously confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to keep Raymond Chan as temporary head of the city’s Department of Building and Safety for six more months.

L.A. council members want statewide measure for quake safety funding

9:33 PM PST, November 4, 2013

L.A. council members want statewide measure for quake safety funding

Two Los Angeles City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major temblor.

City should sponsor state quake ballot measure, L.A. officials say

9:29 AM PST, November 4, 2013

City should sponsor state quake ballot measure, L.A. officials say

Two L.A. City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major temblor.

L.A. councilmen ask city to explore ways to assist quake retrofits

8:55 AM PDT, October 28, 2013

L.A. councilmen ask city to explore ways to assist quake retrofits

Two L.A. City Council members are calling for the city to explore bond measures to help property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major earthquake.

L.A.'s top building chief says he's been cleared in ethics complaint

1:21 PM PDT, October 26, 2013

L.A.'s top building chief says he's been cleared in ethics complaint

Los Angeles’ top building official said he has been cleared of wrongdoing related to an ethics complaint filed by an opponent of a controversial Hollywood skyscraper project.

L.A. formally requests quake researchers' list of at-risk buildings

7:41 PM PDT, October 24, 2013

L.A. formally requests quake researchers' list of at-risk buildings

Ending days of mixed messages, the city of Los Angeles sent a request Thursday formally asking a UC Berkeley engineering professor for a list of concrete buildings that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.

Earthquake risk: L.A. formally requests list of concrete buildings

11:14 AM PDT, October 24, 2013

Earthquake risk: L.A. formally requests list of concrete buildings

The city of Los Angeles sent a request Thursday formally asking a UC Berkeley engineering professor for a list of concrete buildings that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.

Quake danger: Lawmakers want faster fault mapping by state

10:03 AM PDT, October 22, 2013

Quake danger: Lawmakers want faster fault mapping by state

Two state lawmakers Monday said California should pour more money into rapidly mapping known active earthquake faults, a safety measure that would keep new construction from being built atop dangerous faults

Campaign to map earthquake faults has slowed to a crawl

7:00 PM PDT, October 19, 2013

Campaign to map earthquake faults has slowed to a crawl

After the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, California began an ambitious effort to map hundreds of faults. But since 1991, only 23 have been drawn.

UC quake researchers refuse to share building data with L.A.

5:11 PM PDT, October 18, 2013

UC quake researchers refuse to share building data with L.A.

Los Angeles officials and the University of California were locked in a standoff Friday over whether the city would receive a list of older concrete buildings that may be at risk of collapse during a major earthquake.

Quake danger: List of at-risk buildings withheld from L.A., officials say

8:04 AM PDT, October 18, 2013

Quake danger: List of at-risk buildings withheld from L.A., officials say

A team of scientists has declined to give the city a list of older concrete buildings that may collapse during a major earthquake, the mayor's office said.

Mayor Garcetti suggests czar for earthquake preparedness

10:29 PM PDT, October 17, 2013

Mayor Garcetti suggests czar for earthquake preparedness

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday he was considering a new "chief resilience officer" to oversee preparations for a major earthquake and ensure Los Angeles can minimize the disaster's damage.

 L.A. mayor weighs quake retrofit strategy

6:14 PM PDT, October 16, 2013

L.A. mayor weighs quake retrofit strategy

While some council members call for swift action to identify buildings at risk of collapse in an earthquake, Mayor Eric Garcetti moves cautiously.

Thousands of lives at risk and L.A.'s quake retrofit law isn't helping

7:36 PM PDT, October 15, 2013

Thousands of lives at risk and L.A.'s quake retrofit law isn't helping

Many Los Angeles residents live and work in old concrete buildings that could crumble in the next earthquake. But lenient seismic rules mean they're not being retrofitted.

LaBonge, Parks call for seismic study of concrete buildings

7:31 PM PDT, October 15, 2013

LaBonge, Parks call for seismic study of concrete buildings

Council members Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks submitted separate motions Tuesday calling on the city to review and make reports on the earthquake safety of the city's older concrete buildings.

Councilman wants more study on quake risks to concrete buildings

8:27 PM PDT, October 14, 2013

Councilman wants more study on quake risks to concrete buildings

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Monday that he would ask his colleagues this week to consider the earthquake risks posed by the city's more than 1,000 old concrete buildings.

Graphic: Weak versus strong concrete columns

October 12, 2013

Graphic: How concrete buildings can fail

Steel support within concrete columns is a key factor in the strength of a concrete building. View the insides of brittle and stronger columns and how they can behave during an earthquake.

Photo gallery: The perils of concrete

October 12, 2013

Photo gallery: The perils of concrete

A Bullock's department store, two hospitals, finance building and TV station are among some of the concrete buildings that have been destroyed in earthquakes over the last four decades.

Interactive map: L.A.'s hidden earthquake dangers

11:10 AM PDT, October 12, 2013

Interactive map: L.A.'s hidden earthquake dangers

More than 1,000 old concrete buildings in L.A. may be at risk of collapse in a major earthquake, according to a Times analysis of public records. The Times took an in-depth look at seven neighborhoods, identifying 68 buildings that records indicate are concrete.

<b>Special report:</b> Many older L.A. buildings could collapse in an earthquake

10:59 AM PDT, October 17, 2013

Special report: Many older L.A. buildings could collapse in an earthquake

The city has rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings at risk of collapsing in a major quake, but a Times analysis finds there could be more than 1,000 -- many of them homes and offices.

 How a New Zealand earthquake led to building reforms

11:03 AM PDT, October 12, 2013

Concrete risks

How a New Zealand earthquake led to building reforms

After the deadly collapse of two concrete office buildings in the 2011 Christchurch quake, officials launched a sweeping seismic review and are drafting aggressive regulations.

Q&A: Why are concrete buildings so dangerous?

October 12, 2013

Q&A: Why are concrete buildings so dangerous?

Unlike wood and steel, concrete can't bend. It's known by engineers as "non-ductile." This puts older concrete buildings at risk during a major earthquake. Instead of bending, concrete columns can snap like a piece of chalk.

Finding L.A. buildings with quake risk a challenge, official says

7:40 PM PDT, October 8, 2013

Finding L.A. buildings with quake risk a challenge, official says

Los Angeles city building officials have concluded that inspectors would most likely have to visit all of the city's 29,000 older apartment buildings to determine which ones have a certain type of wood frame that is particularly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake.

San Francisco offers lessons to L.A. on quake retrofitting

8:05 PM PDT, October 7, 2013

San Francisco offers lessons to L.A. on quake retrofitting

L.A. could learn from San Francisco's strategy to win regulations on wooden apartment buildings like the Northridge Meadows complex, which collapsed in the Northridge quake.

<b>Graphic:</b> Retrofitting wooden soft-story apartment buildings

8:05 PM PDT, October 7, 2013

Graphic: Retrofitting wooden soft-story apartment buildings

Structural engineers across California will meet in Los Angeles Tuesday to discuss buildings at risk of damage in earthquakes. One topic will be the problem of wood-frame apartment buildings that have a ¿soft story,¿ or a wobbly bottom floor. One such apartment complex collapsed during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, killing 16 people.

Millennium Hollywood Tower opponents file ethics complaint

1:43 PM PDT, September 18, 2013

Millennium Hollywood Tower opponents file ethics complaint

An opponent of the controversial Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project has filed an ethics complaint against the city's top building official, accusing him of a conflict of interest.

Century City tower site runs into quake fault questions

8:24 PM PDT, September 24, 2013

Century City tower site runs into quake fault questions

When Los Angeles officials approved plans for a 39-story luxury residential tower in Century City, they declared the site suitable for development without a review of underground earthquake faults.

L.A. panel orders study of buildings at risk of collapse in big quake

10:03 PM PDT, September 10, 2013

L.A. panel orders study of buildings at risk of collapse in big quake

Worried about a certain type of wood-framed building particularly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake, a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday ordered building officials to come up with a plan to identify these structures.

Tsunami study finds Southern California at risk

6:21 PM PDT, September 4, 2013

Tsunami study finds Southern California at risk

A large tsunami hitting California would cause major flooding in Long Beach and parts of Orange County and force 750,000 people to evacuate coastal areas in just a few hours, according to an extensive simulation published Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Opponents of Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers sue developer, city

4:32 PM PDT, August 28, 2013

Opponents of Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers sue developer, city

Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the developer and the city, seeking to overturn the city’s approval of 39- and 35-story towers.

L.A. pushed to review quake-vulnerable apartment buildings

9:19 PM PDT, August 20, 2013

L.A. pushed to review quake-vulnerable apartment buildings

Seismic experts and engineers have long warned that a certain type of wood-framed building is particularly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake, because the first story cannot support the weight of the upper stories.

Tower project exposes gaps in L.A.'s oversight

6:57 PM PDT, August 14, 2013

Tower project exposes gaps in L.A.'s oversight

Eight years ago, real estate developer David Jordon bought the former site of the KFWB radio studios in the heart of Hollywood with plans to build a 16-story residential and office complex.

Hollywood's Blvd6200 project escaped review despite fault threat

8:06 PM PDT, August 9, 2013

Hollywood's Blvd6200 project escaped review despite fault threat

A sprawling $200-million commercial and residential development under construction next to the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard was approved by Los Angeles city officials without a seismic evaluation, even though it sits next to an active earthquake fault capable of producing a devastating temblor, according to records and interviews.

Development near Hollywood fault allowed without seismic study

5:01 PM PDT, August 9, 2013

Development near Hollywood fault allowed without seismic study

A sprawling $200-million commercial and residential development under construction next to the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard was approved by Los Angeles city officials without a seismic evaluation, even though it sits next to an active earthquake fault capable of producing a devastating temblor, according to records and interviews.

Earthquake fault risk to Hollywood skyscrapers hidden, foes say

4:18 PM PDT, August 7, 2013

Earthquake fault risk to Hollywood skyscrapers hidden, foes say

A lawyer for opponents of a controversial Hollywood skyscraper project criticized the developer and city officials for not disclosing important facts about an earthquake fault that may be directly underneath the site.

Developers of Hollywood skyscraper project agree to dig on property

10:14 PM PDT, August 2, 2013

Developers of Hollywood skyscraper project agree to dig on property

The developers of a Hollywood skyscraper project said Friday they have agreed to dig a trench on the property to help determine whether an earthquake fault runs under it.

Garcetti defers to seismic experts on Hollywood skyscrapers

2:18 PM PDT, August 2, 2013

Garcetti defers to seismic experts on Hollywood skyscrapers

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday that he would rely on scientists to determine whether the city should issue permits to build two Hollywood skyscrapers on what could be an active earthquake fault running directly beneath the Vine Street property.

Skyscraper site in Hollywood may sit on active fault, state says

8:10 PM PDT, August 1, 2013

Skyscraper site in Hollywood may sit on active fault, state says

California's state geologist has declared that the Hollywood earthquake fault is active and may run directly underneath a skyscraper project approved by the Los Angeles City Council last week.

Interactive graphic: Where's the Hollywood fault?

8:15 PM PDT, August 1, 2013

Interactive graphic: Where's the Hollywood fault?

The Hollywood fault runs near the proposed Millennium development, but sources differ on whether it is directly under, or only near, the site. Look at the following graphics to find out where different sources place the Hollywood fault.

San Francisco OKs quake retrofitting for at-risk buildings

5:05 PM PDT, April 18, 2013

San Francisco OKs quake retrofitting for at-risk buildings

Some of the most extensive damage and loss of life from recent earthquakes in California have occurred in apartment houses where dwellings sit on top of a ground-level parking garage or a storefront. The shaking undermines the bottom floor, causing the buildings to collapse and in some cases to pancake.

Quake experts call for an advance-warning system for California

8:30 PM PST, January 28, 2013

Quake experts call for an advance-warning system for California

A proposed $80-million system similar to one in Japan would use sensors in the ground to alert residents before a temblor strikes and would be the first such network in the U.S.

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