UC Releases List of 1,500 Buildings; Big Step For Quake Safety

The University of California’s release of data on nearly 1,500 older concrete buildings across Los Angeles marks a key step in the city’s efforts to improve earthquake safety.

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Scientists used public records, maps and street surveys to compile a list of nearly 1,500 concrete buildings constructed before 1976 in Los Angeles. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Now the hard part begins.

University of California researchers spent several years compiling the list of buildings, a first-of-its-kind effort to help identify buildings of a type that earthquake experts have long said poses the greatest risk of death.

Of the 1,451 buildings only a fraction of them would likely fail in a huge quake. Researchers estimated that about 75 buildings would collapse. But determining which ones are structurally at risk will require individual inspections.

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