LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles lawmakers have ordered a list of apartment buildings that would be most vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.
The City Council on Wednesday told staff to catalog so-called soft-story buildings that were put up before 1978 and have at least two stories and five units.READ MORE: Statements From Los Angeles Community College District and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Soft-story buildings are wood-framed buildings whose upper stories often are built above carports and have minimal support. One apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley pancaked during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, killing 16 people.READ MORE: First Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In LA County
The city has about 5,800 such buildings.
The city hasn’t decided what to do with the list but supporters say identifying the buildings is a crucial first step toward dealing with the issue. Mayor Eric Garcetti has said he’d support requiring seismic upgrades for some vulnerable buildings.MORE NEWS: Fake Students Potentially Stealing Millions From Financial Aid
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