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Online maps show homes near earthquake faults

February 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
For the very first time, you can look at fault zone maps online. If you're in the market for a home or you're curious about a home you already own, the maps can tell if the house is on one of California's earthquake faults.

With the help of Google Maps, you can quickly see the California Geological Survey maps and whether or not your home or property falls on a fault line.

"The idea is you don't want to build your house on an active fault and it is actually in fact because of the Alquist-Priolo act illegal to site a structure across an active fault," said Bill Bryant of California Geological Survey.

"I think all technology that leads to information that can help our safety is good," said Tujunga-area homeowner Jimmy DiMino, who lives near a fault line.

On the map, each red box represents a 62-mile wide area. Select the box that correlates to the area you are looking for. If you're not sure, you can type in your address and it will indicate which box matches your address. From there, you'll need to zoom in to get a clear idea of where your property is in relation to the nearest fault lines.

"My goodness gracious, people have to think about that now and be aware of it and prepare," said resident Clara DiMino, who had just looked at the map to see how close her home was to the fault line.