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L.A. to list structures that could be at risk in quake
L.A. to list structures that could be at risk in quake

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday took the most aggressive action on earthquake safety in nearly three decades, instructing building officials to find apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse in a major temblor. L.A.'s survey would focus on the thousands of wood-frame buildings similar to the Northridge Meadows apartment complex, which collapsed and killed 16 people during the 1994 earthquake. 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 Smith, who pushed unsuccessfully for seismic safety measures. "An inventory will...

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