LA Mayor Garcetti calls for earthquake retrofitting of vulnerable buildings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is seen in this undated file photo.

In an effort to get Los Angeles ready for the "Big One," Mayor Eric Garcetti released a bold earthquake plan on Monday that calls for retrofitting of vulnerable buildings.

Under the plan, quake retrofits would be required within five years for "soft-first-story" buildings built before 1980, and within 25 years for "non-ductile reinforced concrete" buildings built before 1980.

"Instead of being complacent and then jarred into action by a devastating earthquake, L.A. is moving forward proactively with a comprehensive package of preparedness and resiliency measures to fortify our buildings, protect our water supply, and keep our telecommunications online when the 'Big One' hits," Garcetti said in a statement.

The plan also calls for "significant investments in fortifying" L.A.'s water supply, as well as upgrading the city's telecommunications network.

"If all of these recommendations are enacted, I believe that Los Angeles will not just survive the next large earthquake but we will be able to recover quickly and thrive," said Dr. Lucy Jones of USGS in a statement.

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