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L.A. council orders inventory of earthquake-vulnerable apartments
L.A. council orders inventory of earthquake-vulnerable apartments

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday took the most sweeping action on earthquake safety in nearly three decades, instructing building officials to find and catalog apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse in a major temblor. The survey would focus on wood frame buildings similar to the Northridge Meadows apartment complex, which collapsed and killed 16 people during the 1994 earthquake. A rough estimate by the city put the number of such buildings at about 5,800. Until now, the city has rejected efforts to launch a citywide survey to figure out which structures might be vulnerable. “This is something we should’ve done 20 years ago,” said former Councilman Greig...

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