• Preparing for the Big One: Los Angeles’s New Seismic Retrofit Ordinance and Recommendations for Mitigating Risk
  • June 9, 2016 | Author: Theodore D. Levin
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • A major earthquake in California is inevitable. Most Californians recall the 1994 Northridge earthquake that rocked Los Angeles with a 6.7 on the Richter scale. In that earthquake, some of the structures that suffered the greatest damage were wood-framed “soft story” buildings and concrete multi-level non-ductile structures constructed prior to 1978. The damage was terrible. Many soft story buildings (i.e. those with large openings, such as parking areas, where a shear wall might otherwise have been installed for seismic resistance) collapsed causing serious personal injury and death, and damage to property, which cost Californians billions of dollars.