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Napa quake a wake-up call for Southern California
Napa quake a wake-up call for Southern California

The 6.0 earthquake that rattled Napa on Sunday morning should remind Los Angeles city officials and residents to take stock of their preparations for the bigger earthquake that someday will roil Southern California. To their credit, city officials are approaching this with more urgency than they were a year ago. An inventory of soft-story wood-frame apartment buildings that may be vulnerable to collapse in a quake is well underway, and similar efforts to identify concrete buildings that need retrofitting should be close behind. In Napa, 90 water mains broke. In Los Angeles, that kind of damage could hamper firefighters and cut off water for days. However, there are pilot projects...

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