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.
Photos: Los Angeles Times Archives
When a major earthquake strikes, seconds count. A proposed $80-million system similar to one in Japan would use sensors in the ground to alert residents before an earthquake hits and would be the first such network in the U.S.
March 11 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummeled Japan, claiming more than 20,000 lives. The Times’ photo desk has made an amazing gallery of interactive before-and-after sliders.
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Jan. 17, 1994: The collapse of the second and third stories onto the first story at Northridge Meadows apartments in the Northridge quake killed 16 people and crushed cars.
Photo credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times
A quake, an aftershock, another quake: Read more on L.A. Now.
Map: Location of 4.2.-magnitude earthquake in black brackets. Other small quakes appear in yellow. Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Why was Tuesday’s moderately-powered 5.8 earthquake in Virginia felt as much as 500 miles away, shaking up Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and even Canada?
We know how humans first sensed Tuesday’s earthquake. We felt the shake, then the rattle, and then the urge to flee.
But what about the region’s animals?
Did they sense the rare 5.8-magnitude temblor before the shaking started?
We checked in with the folks at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, one of the most popular attractions in the nation’s capital, to see what they could tell us.
Our favorite part of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s press release: “According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.”
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A weird day for quakes? Well, not really. Lost in the hullabaloo about the quake in Virginia was the fact that there were about 90 others across the U.S.
Photo: Evacuated workers on a downtown sidewalk in Washington, D.C. View more photos at the gallery. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press