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  • Los Angeles tightens regulations on new building near quake faults

    Los Angeles tightens regulations on new building near quake faults

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that the city has begun more extensive scrutiny of new developments proposed near earthquake faults on the Westside, in the South Bay and in Northeast L.A. Under the new rules, the city is requiring developers to study whether faults run under their...

  • Hollywood skyscraper critics question quake risk for project

    Hollywood skyscraper critics question quake risk for project

    Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood project said Tuesday that they disagreed with the city's approval of the developer’s seismic studies, which found that no active earthquake fault runs under the property. The studies, completed for the city by Millennium’s geologist, concluded an earthquake...

  • L.A. OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite quake concerns

    L.A. OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite quake concerns

    The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has signed off on geology reports that found that no active earthquake fault runs under the site of the Millennium Hollywood development, even though the state geologist last year concluded there was one. The move ends a controversial two-year debate...

  • California budget will fund 1,000 single-family home retrofits

    California budget will fund 1,000 single-family home retrofits

    The budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week pencils in money to retrofit 1,000 homes across California with a common earthquake flaw. The problem involves homes built before 1979 with a handful of steps above the ground. The heavy house can rest atop a flimsy wood-frame perimeter that isn’t...

  • Proposed tax credit for quake retrofits runs into trouble in Sacramento

    Proposed tax credit for quake retrofits runs into trouble in Sacramento

    A proposed state tax credit to ease the burden of seismically retrofitting vulnerable buildings failed to make it out of a key committee in Sacramento this week, calling its prospects into question. Senators on the Legislature's Conference Committee, which reconciles Assembly and Senate budget...

  • Is 'San Andreas' real? For starters, you can't run in a major quake

    Is 'San Andreas' real? For starters, you can't run in a major quake

    The snickering could be heard as soon as the first teaser for the movie "San Andreas" was posted online. Key plot points defy the laws of physics. An earthquake that opens up a canyon? Impossible. A San Andreas-triggered tsunami clobbering San Francisco? Please. A magnitude 9 earthquake in California?...

  • 'San Andreas' filmmakers disregarded science advice, expert says

    'San Andreas' filmmakers disregarded science advice, expert says

    A USC earthquake expert said his scientific advice was mostly disregarded by “San Andreas” movie filmmakers who asked him to review the script. “I gave them free advice, some of which they took – play up ‘drop, cover, and hold on’ – but much of which they didn’t – magnitude 9’s are too big for...

  • 5 things the 'San Andreas' movie got wrong (and 1 thing that's right)

    5 things the 'San Andreas' movie got wrong (and 1 thing that's right)

    Could the earthquake that happened in the ‘San Andreas’ movie happen in real life? Nope. The movie version is fantastically exaggerated. Here’s a look at what the filmmakers got right and what they got wrong: 1. Earthquake faults don't open up into canyons Earthquakes happen when two blocks of...

  • L.A. becomes first U.S. city to enact quake safety standards for new cellphone towers

    L.A. becomes first U.S. city to enact quake safety standards for new cellphone towers

    In 2008, a 7.9 earthquake left a path of destruction in the Chinese province of Sichuan, leveling whole communities and leaving as many as 88,000 dead.The chaos and confusion was made worse because the temblor disabled more than 2,000 cellphone towers, leaving huge communication gaps that lasted...

  • U.S. quake damage is a risk that goes way beyond California

    U.S. quake damage is a risk that goes way beyond California

    People living in California and the West Coast still face the highest earthquake risk. But a new study says we are not alone. That report found that close to half of all Americans — nearly 150 million people — are threatened by shaking from earthquakes strong enough to cause damage. That figure...

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