October 21, 2014
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Monica is launching an ambitious plan to inspect buildings throughout the city and require seismic retrofitting for those deemed vulnerable during a major earthquake.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city will spend more than $100,000 over the next year identifying potentially dangerous buildings, then property owners must show they are safe or fix them.
The survey is expected to cover hundreds of structures, including steel office towers, older concrete buildings and wood multistory apartment houses that dot the seaside city.
City officials said they would determine over the next few months how much time the owners have to complete the retrofitting.
The newspaper says the effort comes as Los Angeles officials are considering a similar inventory of concrete and wooden apartment buildings.
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