Analysis: Many LA Buildings At Risk During Earthquake - FOX 35 News Orlando

Analysis: Many LA Buildings At Risk During Earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP/KTTV) - More than 1,000 aging buildings in Los Angeles County could be at risk of falling down during a major earthquake, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported Sunday that the buildings, some nearly a century old, are scattered across both wealthy and modest neighborhoods.

The Times says the structures, built of concrete, are susceptible because they do not contain enough steel reinforcing bars to sustain them during the sideways shaking triggered by a large earthquake.

The newspaper says officials have known of the dangers for decades but have failed to order owners to make the buildings safer.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office says the mayor, who took office July 1, is interested in reviewing the newspaper's findings.

The Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place Thursday morning 10:17am. These drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

The USGS will not be taking part in the shakeout because of the limited staff during the government shutdown.

  • Los Angeles & SoCal NewsLos Angeles & SoCal NewsMore>>

  • It's All Over But The Arguing In Sterling/Clippers Sale Trial

    It's All Over But The Arguing In Sterling/Clippers Sale Trial

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:13:56 GMT
    Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
    Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
  • One Person Killed, Two Injured In Pedestrian Hit-And-Run Crash

    One Person Killed, Two Injured In Pedestrian Hit-And-Run Crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:11:51 GMT
    A pickup truck struck three pedestrians today in the Koreatown area, killing one and critically injuring two others, authorities said.
    A pickup truck struck three pedestrians today in the Koreatown area, killing one and critically injuring two others, authorities said.
  • LAX-Bound Drivers Brave Weekend 'Century Crunch' Road Closure

    LAX-Bound Drivers Brave Weekend 'Century Crunch' Road Closure

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:32:18 GMT
    Anyone heading to the airport early Monday morning to catch a flight at LAX will be pleased to know the intersection at Century and Aviation Boulevards is back open. The so-called "Century Crunch" was completed 4 1/2 hours ahead of schedule.
    Anyone heading to the airport early Monday morning to catch a flight at LAX will be pleased to know the intersection at Century and Aviation Boulevards is back open. The so-called "Century Crunch" was completed 4 1/2 hours ahead of schedule.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices