LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles City Council member Tom LaBonge is pushing to create a list of old apartment buildings in danger of collapsing during the next big earthquake.
“Soft story” buildings have apartments on top with a garage below. Officials say in an earthquake, the top stories have the potential to collapse onto the lower floors.
The list would be comprised of structures built before 1978 with at least two stories and five units.
“Los Angeles is earthquake country and it’s been since 1994 since the last quake. Before that, ’71,” LaBonge told KNX 1070’s Jon Baird.