Los Angeles’ multitude of buildings at risk during an earthquake

A number of older buildings in Los Angeles, despite the dangers being well-known to officials and builders alike, don’t meet current earthquake safety standards.

By the most conservative estimate, as many as 50 of these buildings in the city alone would be destroyed, exposing thousands to injury or death.

A cross-section of the city lives and works in them: seamstresses in downtown factories, white-collar workers in Ventura Boulevard high-rises and condo dwellers on Millionaires’ Mile in Westwood.

Despite their sturdy appearance, many older concrete buildings are vulnerable to the sideways movement of a major earthquake because they don’t have enough steel reinforcing bars to hold columns in place.

Head over to the full analysis of the at-risk structures, or explore a map of the buildings that could pose a danger.

Photos: Los Angeles Times Archives

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